The United States is pursuing a strategy to isolate Syria and impede its reconstruction, including military, political, diplomatic, economic and legal measures to marginalize Syria over many years.
The United States will begin this strategy by enforcing the “Kaiser” law in mid-June, which will impose severe sanctions on any Syrian or non-Syrian party involved in the reconstruction process, News i reports.
Pressure on Damascus increases in June. There are three major events this month. The first is the implementation of the Kaiser law, the second is the donors' meeting in Brussels, and the third is the confrontation between the West and Russia over a renewed decision to send humanitarian aid across the Syrian border.
Damascus, in return for ground and air support from its allies, recaptures the two main routes of Aleppo-Damascus and Aleppo-Latakia in order to open the way for economic arteries and reduce the consequences of sanctions. This coincides with the Russian diplomacy campaign to normalize Damascus's relations with Europe and bring Damascus back to the Arab world and to use Syria's parliamentary elections soon in the coming weeks and presidential year.
US officials have resorted to everything and have repeatedly said they do not seek to change the Syrian regime, but seek a change in attitude. This means Syria does not disturb the stability of its neighbors or threaten Washington's allies in the region, give up chemical weapons and guarantee the safe return of refugees and prosecute war criminals.
Given these conditions, the situation is moving toward increasing pressure on Damascus, and the United States has an economic, political, diplomatic and military portfolio. The basket includes the enforcement of the Kaiser law.
The donors 'meeting in Brussels in June looks at the European countries' position on the one hand and between Brussels and Washington on the other. The US looks at the deterioration of Lebanon's economic situation as an additional factor to bolster its campaign of pressure in Damascus and the devaluation of the Syrian lira.
Washington politically continues its relationship with the political opposition and contacts with Syrian refugees and coordinates with pro-opposition countries in small groups including the US, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt. At the same time, Washington continues its contacts with Arab and European countries to prevent political and diplomatic normalization with Damascus.
But the military basket of pressures contains several clauses. First, the continued presence of troops in the eastern Euphrates and an air ban on Washington's allies in democratic Syrian forces and to prevent Syrian state forces from overrun those areas and deprive them of natural resources. Second, maintaining the Al-Tanaf base and providing logistical support for special operations by the Coalition or Israel. Second, providing intelligence and diplomatic support to Turkey and confronting Syrian and Russian forces in Idlib and exploring the possibility of a bridge between Moscow and Ankara over Idlib. Fourth, support for Israeli attacks on various areas of Damascus.