Syria as Iran's Bridge to the Med?
A defense pact between Iran and Syria could allow Iran to envisage extending its sphere of influence to the Mediterranean in a strategic arc including Iraq. [...]
Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s announcement on April 11 that Tehran had "joined the club of nations with nuclear technology" sparked deep concern in the Gulf oil monarchies and particularly in Saudi Arabia, a traditional strategic and religious rival of Iran. [...]