Clinton: Iran Sending More People, Weapons to Syria


syria-assadHillary Clinton said Iran has increased the number and quality of weapons it sends Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, underscoring a top challenge facing John Kerry, her successor as U.S. secretary of state.

The Iranian government is also aiding Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based militant group that backs Assad, Clinton said yesterday in her final interview before leaving office.

“We know that the Iranians are ‘all-in’ for Assad” and that keeping their closest ally in the Middle East in power “is one of their highest priorities,” said Clinton, whose last day after four years as America’s top diplomat is today.

Clinton rejected criticism that she and President Barack Obama’s administration haven’t done enough to support the uprising against Assad that began in March 2011 or to hasten the regime’s downfall. Asked if she regretted not doing more to end the bloodletting, Clinton replied, “I did everything that I possibly could” as secretary of state since the conflict began.

{Andy Newscenter}


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