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The Iran-Syria nexus


Rodger Shanahan


18 June 2008 14:22

For a fascinating insight into the development of the current close relationship between Iran and Syria, and in particular a background into the development of Hizbullah, it is worth reading this article from the London-based Ash-Sharq al-Awsat.

As with all exposes, the background of the information source  is often as important as the story itself. In this case, much of the story relies on an interview with an ex-vice president of Syria, Abdul-Halim Khaddam. Readers should be aware that Khaddam has been expelled from the Syrian Ba’th Party, has had treason charges brought against him by Syria and has set up the National Salvation Front as a ‘government-in-exile’ from his current digs in Paris. But regardless of Khaddam’s undoubted bias, there is enough factual content in the interview to make it valuable reading for anyone interested in the region.

 For those interested in Iran’s ties to Hizbullah, the paper also conducted an interview with Muhammad Hassan Akhtari, the former two-time Iranian ambassador to Syria. Caveat Emptor similarly applies here, but the two interviews make for interesting reading.