Iran Flexes New Clout Beyond Its Borders

(Wall Street Journal) Bill Spindle - The Islamic Republic of Iran now claims an arc of influence that stretches from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. In Iraq, Iranians coordinate 100,000 Iraqi fighters mobilized by Iranian-allied clerics to confront Islamic State. In Yemen, a Shiite movement styled on Hizbullah, a group Iran midwifed in Lebanon, ousted the Yemeni president and the government with the help of Iranian-provided weapons and money. In Syria, Iranian military advisers help defend President Assad by coordinating Hizbullah fighters from Lebanon, Shiite militias from Iraq and fighters from Afghanistan.

2015-03-06 00:00:00

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