Iran Striving for Land Corridor from Tehran to Beirut

(Haaretz) Amos Harel - The most important strategic development in the Middle East these days isn't the Trump administration's decision, which was foreseen, not to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Intelligence services in Israel and the region are now following events along the Syria-Iraq border. In both countries, Shi'ite militias, backed by Iran, are moving toward the border. If they can come together on both sides of the frontier and create a band of control, a longtime Iranian aspiration will be fulfilled: to establish a land corridor through which the Iranians can freely move forces, weapons and supplies from Tehran through Iraq to the Assad regime in Syria, and even west of there to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

2017-06-08 00:00:00

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