With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s retention of power seemingly a fait accompli, the Iranian presence in Syria is falling under increased scrutiny. Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that airstrikes in Syria are solely to attack Iranian positions (MEES, 11 May), and US President Donald Trump credits the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal with weakening Iran’s hand in Syria. Stifling Iran’s ability to freely operate in a post-war Syria, in other words, has...