Syria-Israel Tensions Heighten as Iran Expands Influence

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A picture taken on August 22, 2013 shows the partially destroyed minaret of a mosque in the Salaheddine district of the northern city of Aleppo.  (Photo: Louai Abo Al-Jod/AFP/Getty Images)

Military clashes involving Israel, Syria and Iran earlier this month fell short of drawing those nations into war, but tensions in the region remain high. On Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister said Israel’s “myth of invincibility” was shattered after the Syrian military shot down an Israeli fighter jet. We’ll talk about growing instability in the region, and how Iran’s so-called “axis of resistance” is developing.


Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies, Stanford University