Assad fearing “frenemy” Iran, needs Russian protection

SPIEGEL ONLINE
The Iranian Project: Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help
by Christoph Reuter
October 6, 2015

Fear of his enemies was the primary reason for Bashar Assad’s call for help to Moscow. “But right after that came the fear of his friends,” says a Russian official who long worked in his country’s embassy in Damascus. The friend he refers to is Iran, the Syrian regime’s most important protector. “Assad and those around him are afraid of the Iranians,” the Russian says. Anger over the arrogance of the Iranians, who treat Syria like a colony, is also part of it, the Russian continues. Most of all, though, the Syrians “mistrust Tehran’s goals, for which Assad’s position of power may no longer be decisive. That is why the Syrians absolutely want us in the country.”Assad is now being protected by the Iranians and they could easily get rid of him if they wanted. READ MORE

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