In an interview with al-Arabiya on Friday, former Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab, who defected six months ago, says that Iran is now in control
of his country.
“Syria is occupied by the Iranian regime,” he said. “Who runs the
country isn’t Bashar Assad but Kassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s
al-Quds Brigades [within the Revolutionary Guards].”
Hijab’s comments come less than a week after a Washington Post article claimed Iran and Hezbollah were “building a network of militias”
in Syria to protect their interests when Assad falls. The militias are
fighting alongside the regime, sources told the newspaper, but also
preparing for a day-after scenario in which Assad is gone. A senior
Obama administration official put the number of Iranian mercenaries in
Syria at 50,000.
That 'leading from behind' sure is working out well, isn't it?
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