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Iran Increases Role in Syrian Conflict to Support Assad

Iran is intensifying its presence in Syria, sending hundreds of elite troops into the country in support of the regime of embattled President Bashar al-Assad. Tehran dispatched the troops into northern and central Syria, where they joined fighters from Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, to take advantage of an extensive Russian aerial bombardment against rebels fighting Syrian forces. Russia said Thursday it launched 33 new sorties in Syria, the latest strikes in its two-week-old air...

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