The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitic­s -

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.

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