- - Sunday, December 4, 2016

The big story out of the Middle East in 2016 is not necessarily the Syrian Civil War, but the emerging axis of Russia and Shia Islam, which includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and other militias backed by Iran.

On Saturday, the Iranian News Service reported that Russia and Iran will continue their military alliance until the ‘terrorists’ are defeated. Of course terrorism is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, Tehran means anyone that opposes the brutal dictatorship of Syrian President Assad.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says Tehran and Moscow will continue to cooperate in the Syrian war “until the ultimate goal of eradicating terrorism and restoring peace and full security to the region is achieved,” reported ABC News.

The comment was made after a meeting between Rouhani and Russia’s representative to Syria. Perhaps the declaration was made for the benefit of the Donald Trump administration who before even in power seems to be shaping U.S. foreign policy.  Mr. Trump’s position on the Syrian conflict and relations with Iran remains to be seen. However, Mr. Trump has made very public his desire to quickly defeat the Islamic State.

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