Friday, July 20, 2007


"Damascus has also warmed to Turkey, Israel's ally in the region, and this is somewhat unsettling news for Tehran, which looks to Syria as a counterbalance to the Israel-Turkey nexus. France, under the new pro-American President Nicolas Sarkozy, has wasted little time before trying its hands at an active Syria policy. From the vantage point of Tehran, the net result of all the external influences on Syria may indeed be a considerable mellowing or an incremental 'soft decoupling' of its relations with Syria."Iran-Syria alliance on uncertain ground

"Israel on Friday denounced an alliance between Iran and Syria that it said cast doubts on Syrian peace intentions, following a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Damascus. 'The fact that the Damascus regime chose Ahmadinejad as a partner in a strategic alliance raises serious doubt on recent statements from Syria on its intentions for peace,' foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev told AFP." - Israel slams Iran-Syria alliance

Mr. Villaraigosa is the national co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.


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