Ankara is using its military presence in northern Syria to prevent Kurdish independence and have more of a say in a post-Assad future of the country. The problem is, its main allies, Iran and Russia, are pro-Assad.
There is something about the way our opponents confront us, the way they combine different military and non-military measures in campaigns that have clear political objectives that we find really difficult to counter.
The death of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani earlier this month casts a long shadow over Iranian politics and broader domestic developments. It is particularly significant in light of the looming presidential elections.