Iran Invested $30 B in Syria
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday May 26, 2020
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Iran has been supporting Bashar Assad in Syria from the very start of the Syrian civil war over a decade ago.
Iranian costs for their involvement in Syria comes to $30 billion. That number comes from Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, an outgoing member of the Iranian Parliament's Security and Foreign Policy Committee. He is quoted in Etemad newspaper an official government media outlet.
That number is twice as large as Iranís annual defense budget and 6.5% of the GDP.
In addition to supporting Assad with military assistance, Iran also helped by providing oil and cash. They also lent advisers and consultants. In exchange for their help in Syria, Iran has built a port in Syria and received a major stake in the Syrian telecom monopoly.
Helping and defending Syria was an investment for Iran. Their biggest return is a land bridge connecting Iran to the Mediterranean Sea. And thatís worth every cent of the ten years and the $30 billion.
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26 May 2020 11:13 PM in Thoughts
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