Saturday, 4 Dec 2021

Rehabilitating Assad: The struggle for influence in Syria

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Not too many years ago, Iran was struggling to support the Syrian regime when its survival was on the line amid a gruesome civil war. Fighting Bashar al-Assad’s authoritarian government were a host of armed militias which had received massive amounts of money from several Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member-states. Today, however, Tehran is observing most Gulf monarchies coming to terms with the Assad regime’s survival. Within the GCC, Abu Dhabi is the main driver behind efforts to rehabilitate Syria’s government, recently highlighted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Foreign Minister Shei…

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