The Iranian Project Why Assad Has Turned to Moscow for Help

Iran has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia.
A man carries a girl in the Douma quarter of Damascus following shelling by regime troops.

A man carries a girl in the Douma quarter of Damascus following shelling by regime troops.

Foto: BASSAM KHABIEH/ REUTERS
Syrian President Bashar Assad is seen during prayers in Damascus in September 2015: The Iranians could easily get rid of him if they wanted to.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is seen during prayers in Damascus in September 2015: The Iranians could easily get rid of him if they wanted to.

Foto: Syrian Arab News Agency/ dpa