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Terrorism Unifies World from Aleppo to Berlin | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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An armored police vehicle blocks a road leading to a nightclub
where a gun attack took place during a New Year’s party in Istanbul,
Turkey, on Sunday. Ismail Coskun/Ihlas News Agency via REUTERS

Dubai- As the world celebrated Christmas and the New Year, terrorism addressed its message to the whole world, from Turkey, France, Germany to Asia and the Americas…

ISIS has threatened all continents, and despite the crisis it is facing in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organization aims at convincing the world, through its attacks that nothing can eradicate it.

Every year, with the Christmas and New Year holidays, security bodies in the East and the West take all the necessary precautionary procedures against possible terrorist attacks; however, the real battles and crises have targeted Middle Eastern countries except for Iran. Over the past decade, the Arab World has witnessed 78% of terrorist attacks. Western countries, however, witnessed only 21% of these operations since 2000.

Some of the national voices in the Arab World praised and applauded the Arab Spring in 2011; however, despite their rejection of the crimes committed by Bashar Assad, they have deprived the Syrian people from their right in change and reform and gave Assad the impunity of resistance.

These national voices have overlooked the regime’s efforts in nurturing sectarian environments, and its use for fundamentalist support from Iran and its militias in all the battles. This regime has also launched a vicious rhetoric, which sought to blame the United States, the Arab World, the GCC countries, and Turkey for targeting Assad. This speech has not only ignored the political solution and its references, but also neglected Syria’s suffering and pain over the five past years.

After the fall of Aleppo, statements of Iranian officials came to emphasize the Iranian expansion in the region; IRGC Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri told the media that Iran’s interference in Syria goes beyond Aleppo and will expand to other regions.

Hussein Salami, deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard re-accused the U.S. of dividing Syria to fulfil its ambitions in the Middle East; however, he considered that Washington has failed in its conflict with Iran.

International Advisor to Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Akbar Vilayati said that Iran’s victory in Aleppo is the first of many coming victories in the region; he added that Tehran succeeded over the past years in marking its footprint and fulfilling its goals.

The chaotic and provocative Iranian logic represents the other face of the sectarian terrorism, but it seems that the world has only seen one face.

The terrorism that hit the Coptic Church in Cairo and expanded to hit many regions around the world like in Brussels and Nice should be confronted and eradicated.

However, after Aleppo’s fall, the Syrian regime’s allies announced that Assad’s persistence in the rule is a main condition for stability and terrorism eradication in Syria, despite all the crimes he has committed.

Yet, this huge victory promoted regionally and internationally by Assad and his allies was fake, as ISIS announced on the 11th of December that it recaptured Palmyra City around the same timing of the attack on the Coptic Church in Cairo and in Berlin 10 days later.