/Iran Moves to Cement Its Influence in Syria

Iran Moves to Cement Its Influence in Syria

MUHAYMIDA, Syria—In Islamic State’s former eastern Syrian stronghold, the Islamic Republic of Iran is parlaying its military and economic might into a permanent foothold.

On the heels of an Iranian military intervention that has helped bring President Bashar al-Assad to the edge of victory in Syria’s eight-year-long war, Tehran is moving to cement its long-term influence in Syria by cultivate goodwill and wining converts to the Shiite Muslim sect. To Syrians battered by war, Iran is offering cash, food, Iranian ID cards,…