Escalation in Syria

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Yoni Ben Menachem - Iran is very concerned about the situation in Syria. The military assistance it gives the Assad regime for its war against the rebels has turned out to be insufficient. Nor has Hizbullah's role in fighting alongside the Syrian army stopped the rebels' progress toward Damascus and the city of Latakia on the northern Syrian coast. If the rebels' advance toward Damascus from the east and north continues, Iran will have to intervene even more significantly to save Bashar Assad's regime. According to various sources, Qatar has been able to persuade the new Saudi king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, to forge a new alliance with Turkey and Qatar that will strongly support the Islamist rebel coalition against the Assad regime.

2015-05-05 00:00:00

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