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SYRIA WAR: Are Iran, Egypt, And Saudi Arabia Sidelining The U.S.? (VIDEO)

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We can call the war in Syria a civil, regional or proxy war, but either way it remains the biggest threat to regional and global security.

In the first visit - even if just a few hours - by an Egyptian leader to Iran since 1979 revolution, President Morsi stunned his hosts when he said the “oppressive” Syrian regime had lost all its legitimacy.

The Syrian Delegation stormed out from the meeting of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, as a defiant Morsi asserted himself and Egypt as a regional leader.

Also in a rare TV interview last week, President Bashar Al Assad said, "We are fighting a regional and global war, so time is needed to win it."

But as time passes, people continue to die. In the speech, Assad also accused Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Western nations, of supporting and arming the rebels, whom he calls "terrorists". But if this is a global war is America - which sees itself as the world's leader - leading it?

Egypt's Morsi, a moderate islamist, proposed that Iran take part in a four nation contact group to include Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia with the aims of mediating and solving the crisis. But since Saudi and Turkey have been arming and aiding the rebels as well as other foreign fighters fighting against Assad’s forces, Iran, is reluctant to participate.

Instead, Iran has floated the idea of keeping Saudi Arabia and Turkey out of any negotiations, and instead involving Venezuela, Lebanon and Iraq.

When Kofi Annan wanted to bring Iran into the fold, America refused. So who is calling the shots?

I was joined by Ausama Monajed, a member of the Syrian National Council, Adel Iskander, Professor of Arab Media at Georgtown University, Dalal Mawad, a journalist from Beirut covering Syria, and Iranian-Americans, Poura Alimagham and Shirin Sedaghi to explore whether the U.S. has been sidelined in Syria.

Watch a clip above and watch the full segment below: