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US senior official estimates 80% of Assad fighting force is Iranian sourced

Jonathan Schanzer
3rd December 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Senior members of the Trump administration upped the ante against Iran over the weekend, revealing a warning sent to Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani and promising a regional strategy to roll back Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East.

CIA director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser HR McMaster spoke at length about Iranian expansion in “weak states” in the Middle East at the 2017 Reagan National Defence Forum in California on Saturday.


Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told The National that “the intent [to counter Iran] is there” but “the implementation is now the key”.

“Can this administration rally the relevant government agencies to engineer a broad pushback on Iran’s regional aggression? We’ll find out in the months ahead, particularly as ISIL melts away and Tehran seeks to fill the void in Iraq and Syria.”


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