MATTIS ON IRAN
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told a Senate hearing Wednesday that Iran has continued destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East.
“They continue their malign activities across the region,” Mr. Mattis told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.
Syrian President Bashar Assad “is still in power today, still murdering his own people and still creating refugee flows that we’ve not seen before based on the support out of Iran,” he said.
Without Tehran’s backing, the Assad regime would have been overthrown by the Syrian people, he added.
“At the same time, we see Iran’s activities from Yemen to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, obviously, up into Lebanon and it continues apace,” Mr. Mattis said.