• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out the US’s new strategy in Syria, and he named combating Iran’s influence and its threat to US interests as a main goal.
  • The US has just 2,000 troops in Syria while Iran has an estimated 70,000, but the US has plenty of assets — military, economic, and diplomatic — to deny Iran’s dream of outsized influence in Syria.
  • The US may look to rally its allies in a full press against Iran’s growing influence, and it could follow on Israel’s military approach.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently laid out a new US approach to the conflict in Syria, and two things became immediately clear — the US is staying in Syria and conflict with Iran could be coming.

 

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