US forces evacuate military base, allow Iranian militias to take control of region

Following attempts to prevent Iranian militias from joining in Syria and Iraq, US military forces are evacuating a base in the region, thus allowing Iranian control in the region.
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Although US President Donald Trump spoke earlier against Iran, US special forces evacuated their military base in southeastern Syria, thus allowing Iranian militias to take control of the region.

The decision to leave the Al-Zaqaf base, which sits on the border between Syria and Iraq, brings an end to the US effort to prevent Iranian militias from settling in the region. Even earlier, US forces failed to prevent Assad’s military and Hezbollah from crossing the Euphrates to the east with the help of a Russian backed pontoon bridge.

As reported last week by JOL, Russia and the US rejected Israel’s request to forbid Iranian militias to settle closer than 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Israel’s border and instead agreed that the militias could be as close as 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from Israel.

Iran’s effort to strengthen its influence in the Middle East continues, especially in Syria and Lebanon.



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