West Asia

Ascent of Iran

Print edition : April 13, 2018

Foreign Ministers Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend the international meeting on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan on March 16. Photo: Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/REUTERS

Members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces, a mostly Shia militia group, at the Syrian border outside Al Badi, Iraq, on June 17, 2017. Iran has built militias to fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and has mobilised an army of Shia Iraqi men to fight on its behalf in Syria. Photo: SERGEY PONOMAREV/NYT

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. A file picture. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

Iran has gained geopolitically from the U.S.-triggered turmoil in West Asia, and its arc of influence has been expanding considerably.
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