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Iran won’t back down. Squeezed by sanctions, the government in Tehran is trying to strengthen ties with allies in the Middle East. Its defense minister recently traveled to Syria, a visit meant to demonstrate its continued support of Bashar Assad and to reiterate to Russia, its sometimes-partner in Syria, that their interests are still largely aligned. Russia, for its part, expressed its support of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that it probably wouldn’t pressure Iran to reduce its presence in Syria in exchange fo