Iran is not going to abandon its friends in the region namely Assad and other terrorist groups in the region despite an apparent thaw in relationship with Obama administration. It is naïve to believe that Iran will stop its malign activities and influence in the neighboring countries following a nuclear deal that Obama administration thinks as a breakthrough agreement.
The proof can be seen through a senior advisor to the regime’s supreme leader Khamenei who has said the recent nuclear deal between the Iran and the major world powers gives Tehran more power to support its allies in the region.
The regime in Iran will have "more power to support its friends in the region following the nuclear deal," Ali-Akbar Velayati, the Supreme Leader’s advisor on international affairs, was quoted by state television (IRIB) as saying on Saturday.
Years ago, the West tried but failed to topple Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Velayati claimed, adding that nowadays, attempts to overthrow al-Assad are "impossible with an even stronger resistance front against Israel."
Three Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) colonels were killed last month in Syria in the ongoing civil war, local reports said. They were there as part of Tehran’s efforts to keep Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in power.
The Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani has said Tehran will back al-Assad "until the end of the road". A number of other senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders have been killed in the conflict in recent months.
In June, Iranian state media said that at least 400 men who have died fighting for Assad have been buried in Iran so far.