Iran's Plans in Syria

(Al-Ahram-Egypt) Ahmed Eleiba - Iranian news agencies have featured photographs of Maj.-Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Al-Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, together with members of the Fatimid Brigade and the Syrian army at a location on the Iraqi-Syrian border. They reflect an Iranian-Syrian plan to link the Shia militias on both sides of the border as part of Tehran's larger plan to create a land corridor from Tehran through Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean. U.S. forces on the ground in Syria are obstructing this scheme, however, and have launched three attacks against Iranian-affiliated contingents near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders. The Americans have fortified a 55 km. area around Al-Tanf to create a no-go zone.

2017-06-15 00:00:00

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