The Growing U.S.-Iran Proxy Fight in Syria

(Atlantic) Mohamad Bazzi - Since President Trump took office, the U.S. military has struck the Syrian regime or its allies at least five times, in most cases to protect U.S.-backed rebels and their American advisers. Trump has been consistent in his belief that Iran, the world's main state sponsor of terrorism, poses the greatest threat to U.S. interests in the Middle East. What worries the Trump administration is that Iran and its allies will carve out a "Shiite crescent" extending from Iran, through Iraq and Syria, and into Lebanon, where Hizbullah is the most powerful political and military force.

2017-06-21 00:00:00

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