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The Syrian civil war is the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed thus far.
Iran has played a pivotal role in helping Bashar al-Assad’s regime regain the upper hand in Syria’s civil war. At first glance, the alliance between a revolutionary Shia theocracy and a staunch champion of secular Arab nationalism seems baffling. Some analysts have emphasized the common strategic interests the two countries share. For Iranian-American foreign policy analyst Karim Sadjadpour, however, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s decision to back Syria’s brutal dictator stems from a much more elemental place: his deep-seated hatred of the state of Israel. getAbstract recommends this article to readers with an interest in Middle East politics.
The Syrian civil war’s unabated violence continues to cause monumental suffering for millions of Syrians, with no end in sight. Over the past decade, the conflict has enabled the jihadist group ISIS to take temporary control of large parts of Iraq and Syria, exacerbated tensions between the United States and Russia, and given rise to the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history. How did it all start, and why is the war threatening to mutate into an international conflict? To anyone who’s lost track, getAbstract recommends this useful chronology of the Syrian civil war which the Middle East specialist Andrew J. Tabler put together for The Atlantic.
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