Parallel Zones Project

Parallel Zones Project

“The border control strategy”

By, Issam Khoury


June 2023

This is a roadmap for resolving disputes in Syria under American guidance, and with the oversight of Syrian figures who believe in the culture of coexistence, freedom, and human justice. It aims to ensure successful implementation of the Geneva I Conference decisions by Syria, without the unnecessary Russian interference seen in the Astana talks.

1. Phase One: Control over the Syrian-Iraqi Border

The Autonomous Administration areas and the Al-Tanf base are under the control of the International Coalition forces, making the transit of radical Islamic terrorists through them rare. However, the region extending from Al-Tanf to Al-Bukamal lacks administrative discipline as it’s controlled by units of the Syrian regime army, in partnership with the Fatemiyoun Brigade, Hezbollah, and a number of other Shiite militias. These militias are included in the US terrorist lists, which undermines their trustworthiness and prevents the forces of the International Anti-Terror Coalition from coordinating with them.

The American withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2021 indicated a lack of US interest in escalating the military presence in Iraq and Syria following the collapse of the Islamic Caliphate. Coupled with the significant American military support to Ukraine, Syria is no longer a priority for American military spending.

Thus, it’s essential to establish military teams in Syria, financed by regional parties, whose primary task is to control the Syrian-Iraqi border, within a minimum depth of approximately 300 km. This would create an area extending from the Jordanian border to the Ain Dewar region, under the supervision of the International Anti-Terrorism Coalition, led by three Syrian teams:

  • Deir Ezzor Military Council: It’s necessary to increase the representation of members from Arab tribes in this military body, which is administratively affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces, and to restructure it in a manner that gains the approval[1] of the Tribes and Clans Shura Council. [2]



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