Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Reveal Navigation

WSJ: Officials Say Iran Helping Syrian Government Suppress Protests WSJ: Officials Say Iran Helping Syrian Government Suppress Protes... WSJ: Officials Say Iran Helping Syrian Government Suppress Protests WSJ: Officials Say Iran H...

share
This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Defense / National Security

WSJ: Officials Say Iran Helping Syrian Government Suppress Protests

photo of Olga Belogolova
April 14, 2011

The U.S. government says Iran is helping Syria crack down on anti-government demonstrations by blocking and monitoring the use of the Internet, cell phones and text messaging by protestors, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

"We believe that Iran is materially assisting the Syrian government in its efforts to suppress their own people," an Obama administration official told the Journal.

Tehran may also be looking into ways to get involved in the destabilization of Bahrain and Yemen, officials added, saying such actions could challenge U.S. interests there.

 

While U.S. officials said that they do not see Iran as “the driving force” behind popular revolts against U.S. allies in the Middle East over the long term, they cautioned that the administration is concerned that continued turmoil in the region could give Tehran an opening for further influence.

In this vein, the administration will continue “keeping an eye” on Tehran’s activities, an official told the Journal.

Get us in your feed.
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus