Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence, thinks that the US withdrawal from Syria strengthens Iran in Syria.
"If the US forces leave areas in southern Syria, it would mean that the Assad forces and the Iranians will have full control over Syria, and this would mean that they may try to deliver weapons from Iran through Iraq to Syria and then to Lebanon, and there’s not going to be anything in between to stop them," Kupperwasser said.
"The Iranians will be empowered and feel much stronger by this move, and it’s not totally clear that Islamic State cannot reemerge, taking advantage of the weakening of their adversaries in this area, and rise again," he opined.