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Syria, the IRGC and Hezbollah leadership meet in Mayadeen

IRGC and Hezbollah leadership meet in Mayadeen. The city was sealed for the summit. The issues under discussion: the expansion of Iran’s influence in the country, as well as how to defend against Israeli raids and pro-ISIS jihadists

Mayadeen east of Deir Ezzor just hosted a meeting between Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) leaders. This was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), adding that the summit was hosted at the “cultural center” of the city and that numerous vehicles armed with machine guns were deployed on the roads for the occasion. Information on the topics covered by the meeting was not filtered, but it is presumed that these were essentially three: the expansion of Iranian interests in Syria, the systems to counter the continuous Israeli raids against strategic installations and the measures to be adopted to defend against attacks by pro-ISIS jihadists in the area. Tehran, in fact, through its men and allies, has been trying for some time to extend its influence in the neighboring country, but has to deal with the often divergent interests of Russia – also present in force in Syria – and with the strikes of the Jewish State. Furthermore, the militiamen are often targeted by the Islamic State, especially in the Badia desert area.

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