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Experts: Trump Must Detail a Clear Syria Strategy to Block Iranian Influence Post-ISIS

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Tehran erecting military bases to secure strategic land bridge

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor / Getty Images

BY: / the Washington Free Beacon.

As the Trump administration winds down the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Iran is gearing up to expand its territorial gains in the region, stoking concern among U.S. allies and partners.

Iran is establishing military bases in recently seized territory in southern Syria with the support of President Bashar al-Assad and has made clear its desire to seize the country’s oil-rich Deir al-Zour province.

A ceasefire deal recently brokered between the United States, Russia, and Jordan to establish a de-escalation zone in the southwestern region bordering Israel and Jordan will do little to constrain Iran’s ambitions.

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