The third in a series of briefings hosted by the American Enterprise Institute,
the Institute for the Study of War, and the Reserve Officers Association.
Iranian Strategy in Syria
Kimberly Kagan, president, Institute for the Study of War
Will Fulton, analyst, Critical Threats Project
Joseph Holliday, fellow, Institute for the Study of War
Marisa Sullivan, fellow, Institute for the Study of WarThe Islamic Republic of Iran has conducted an extensive, expensive, and integrated effort to keep President Bashar al Assad in power as long as possible while setting conditions to retain its ability to use Syrian territory and assets to pursue its regional interests should Assad fall. The Iranian security and intelligence services are advising and assisting the Syrian military in order to preserve Bashar al Assad’s hold on power. Iran has been providing essential military supplies to Assad, primarily by air, making the air line of communication between Iran and Syria a key vulnerability for Tehran’s strategy in Syria. Iran is also assisting pro-government shabiha militias, partly to hedge against Assad’s fall or the contraction of the regime into Damascus and a coastal Alawite enclave.
|The panelists took questions on Iranian capabilities in the Levant and American policy options|
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