How involved is Iran really in Syria these days? New data gives some insight into the large amounts of financial and human capital Tehran is pouring into Damascus (literally). Suffering significant losses, Iran seems unlikely to pull out on its hefty investment, despite the likelihood of decreased benefits. Is it just me, or are there some parallels with the US in Afghanistan?
Aside from Iran, who else is interested in Syria, or at least bits and pieces of it? This article gives a great summary of what Israel, Jordan, Iran, Turkey, and the Gulf all want out of this war both in terms of an endgame and in terms of literal territory.