Iran’s role in Syria has significantly impacted the direction, magnitude and longevity of the conflict. Its role has evolved over the five years since the uprising began. With experience of cracking down on its own popular uprising in 2009-2010, Iran provided the Syrian government with technical support, social-media monitoring systems, surveillance, intelligence and advisory support to quell protests.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in Damascus on Sept. 19, 2012. (Photo courtesy: SANA)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, head of the elite Quds force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, attends a meeting of the commanders of the Revolutionary Guard. (AP)
Pro-Syrian protesters carry posters of Assad, Nasrallah and Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei (Photo: Reuters)