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Smiles in Damascus and Tehran

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Smiles in Damascus and Tehran

Syria and Iran seem like unnatural allies. Syria is a predominantly Sunni state run by Alawites, a largely secular Shiite offshoot; Iran is a mainly Shiite state, run by religious mullahs. Despite this ideological paradox, the two countries’ “special relationship,” which stretches back to the 1970s, has only strengthened since the invasion of Iraq, the U.S.-led undermining of Syrian control of Lebanon, and the election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an anti-U.S. hardliner.


By CFR, USA.


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