Pakistan Joins Saudi Arabia, Shuns Iran on Syria War

(American Interest) Walter Russell Mead - Pakistan has covertly supported the Saudi effort in the Syrian civil war for some time now. Frustrated with the lack of American action in supporting the Syrian rebels against the Assad regime, Saudi Arabia turned to Pakistan for help in training and arming them. Now, however, Pakistani support for Saudi Arabia's efforts in Syria is official. The Pak-Saudi alignment comes at a particularly difficult moment in Islamabad's relationship with Iran. Iranian soldiers were recently kidnapped by insurgents operating in Pakistan's remote Balochistan province. Iran has threatened to invade Pakistani territory in order to rescue them.

2014-02-27 00:00:00

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