Iran Moves to Assert Clout on Syria

(Wall Street Journal) Farnaz Fassihi - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is lobbying Middle Eastern heads of state to accept Tehran's position on Syria ahead of an international conference to find a diplomatic solution to the war there. Iran has steadfastly supported the Assad regime with military, financial and political backing. Although Tehran hasn't been invited to the meeting, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hizbullah train and command many of the fighters that have sustained Assad's reign. "There's no possibility of a peaceful resolution in Syria as long as Assad remains in power [and] there's no diplomatic way to get rid of Assad without Iran," said Karim Sadjadpour, Iran expert for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

2014-01-17 00:00:00

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