Has Iran's success in Syria made it an arena for longer-term conflict?

Has Iran's success in Syria made it an arena for longer-term conflict?Having successfully propped up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against an array of armed rebel groups for more than six years, Iran appears to be preparing the ground for a long-term presence in the war-ravaged country, causing rising alarm in neighboring Israel, its bitter foe, and garnering the attention of Washington. Iran has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to buttress Syria’s economy, oversees a multi-national Shiite militia force to bolster Mr. Assad’s flagging army, and trains Syrian militia networks based on Iran’s Basij paramilitary volunteer force.



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