Iran’s Uncontested Influence in Syria

| Norman Roule
Norman T. Roule
Former National Intelligence Manager for Iran, ODNI

As part of our special coverage on Syria, The Cipher Brief spoke with Norm Roule, the former National Intelligence Manager for Iran at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to get his expert assessment on how Iran might take advantage of a newly uncontested space in Syria, free from U.S. troops.

The Cipher Brief:  What is your reaction to the President’s announcement that he will withdraw U.S. troops from Syria?

Roule:  The President’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria represents a clear reversal of previous U.S. policy and will almost certainly be perceived by Ankara, Damascus, Moscow, and Tehran as evidence that the U.S. is unwilling to expend the resources necessary to oust Bashar al-Assad or Iranian militias from Syria. Indeed, Moscow praised the withdrawal decision.

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The Author is Norman T. Roule

Norman T. Roule served for 34-years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing numerous programs relating to Iran and the Middle East.   He served as the National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from November 2008 until September 2017.  As NIM-I, he was the principal Intelligence Community (IC) official responsible for overseeing all aspects of national intelligence policy and activities related to Iran, to include IC... Read More

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