Iran’s support is a major dynamic in the explanation of the survival in Syria of the Assad regime.
Iran supports Syria financially and is on the ground in different ways, from training militia to sending special troops. Iran’s interest in Syria is a strategic one that is also the result of a complex historical background. In brief, Syria has a strategic impact on the cost of survival of the Iranian regime. Any unwanted change in Syria, from Iran’s perspective, has the potential to increase that cost. There is nothing surprising here, as in the region, states always help their strategic friends in various formal and informal ways.
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