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Foreign States Involved
There are a multitude of foreign states involved in the conflict. Each has different reasons for their involvement based upon a variety of geopolitical and domestic concerns. This guide will merely provide a simple explanation of what these states are doing in Syria with links to reports and articles with far more detailed information.
- Russia supports the al-Assad government.
- The Russian military has launched air strikes against the enemies of the regime and has provided support for the al-Assad government.
- Resources on Russian Involvement in Syria
- Iran supports the al-Assad government.
- Iranian backed militias, and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, have fought in Syria against the enemies of the al-Assad government.
- Resources on Iranian Involvement in Syria
- The United States
- US policy is primarily concerned with the removal of ISIS.
- Under President Obama, official policy American policy has been that Bashar al-Assad must go.
- The US has provided material and training to some Syrian opposition groups.
- Resources on American Involvement in Syria
- Turkey initially called for al-Assad to go, but has recently made steps towards aligning with the Russian/Iranian alliance in an effort to defeat the jihadist opposition and the Kurds.
- Resources on Turkish Involvement in Syria
- France opposes the al-Assad regime and has supported various oppositional groups.
- They has launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS; these increased significantly after terrorist attacks in France.
- Resources on French Involvement in Syria
- The United Kingdom
- Britain opposes the al-Assad regime and has supported various oppositional groups.
- The UK has launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS.
- Resources on British Involvement in Syria
- Resources on Jordanian Involvement in Syria
- Saudi Arabia
- The Saudi government is fearful of Iran's growing influence in the region and has consistently called for the removal of their ally, al-Assad.
- They have provided support for various oppositional groups.
- Resources on Saudi Involvement in Syria
- Resources on German Involvement in Syria
- Resources on Israeli Involvement in Syria