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September 22, 2015 9:56 am

US Officials Say Russia, Iran Coordinating Defense of Assad in Syria

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Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad said Syria will not respond to attacks from Israel while a civil war is raging on in his country. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russia and Iran are moving to safeguard his stronghold. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Russia and Iran have stepped up coordination inside Syria as they move to safeguard President Bashar al-Assad’s control over his coastal stronghold, according to officials in the U.S. and Middle East, creating a new complication for Washington’s diplomatic goals.

Senior Russian and Iranian diplomats, generals and strategists have held a string of high-level talks in Moscow in recent months to discuss Mr. Assad’s defense and the Kremlin’s military buildup in Syria, according to these officials.

Read full story at The Wall Street Journal.

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