Will the Russians Push Iran Out of Syria?

(Jerusalem Post) Anna Ahronheim - Iran isn't going to leave Syria and Russia won't be able to fully push them out, Philip Smyth, an expert on Shia militias and a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Tuesday in Tel Aviv. "The Israelis have been rather effective in countering certain things that have been brought in (from Iran to Syria) but this is a longer-term process. The Syrian front has allowed them so much access, it's a dream come true for Tehran." The Iranians know how to play the long-term game and want to bring in the entire Iranian-Shia foreign legion to the region, he said. "They are on the ground, they have force-presence there and they are building local, domestic Hizbullah segments."

2019-01-30 00:00:00

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