Trump reversal on Syria policy means big gains for Iran

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Author(s) Tony Badran
Source Democrat and Chronicle
Date December 19, 2018
Quotes-start.png The withdrawal from Syria will also affect the administration’s economic pressure campaign against Iran and its regional assets. The U.S.-controlled zone in eastern Syria is home to the bulk of the country’s gas and oil fields, currently off limits to Assad. Thus, for years, Iran has been subsidizing its Syrian ally’s energy needs, costing Tehran billions. The Assad regime, with Russian and Iranian support, will now prepare to retake these oil and gas fields. Quotes-end.png

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This item argues against the position United States is right to withdraw its troops on the topic Syrian civil war.