The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to transfer the land corridor that would connect Tehran to the Mediterranean shore of Syria. This writes the British newspaper the Guardian.
According to initial plans, the strategic highway had to pass through Iraqi of tel-afar and Sinjar, and then along the Syrian-Turkish border. Thus, Turkey was supposed to be cut off from the territories, which carried out the operation «shield of the Euphrates».
However, the unit commander of «al-Quds» Islamic revolutionary guard Corps General Qassem Soleimani said that the road will be much further to the South: via the dir al-Zur and Damascus, and then turn North to Latakia.
The reason for the route change was the concentration of American troops in the East of Syria, near the border with Iraq and Turkey. In this area there are base units of the Kurdish resistance, supported by the United States.
Recall that the Syrian army began the transfer of troops to the area to contain the offensive of the US and its allies. Are massing in the East heavy weapons, including tanks and artillery.