Foreign Press Review (15.08-21.08)

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The Syrian conflict was in the limelight last week as the western media was highly concerned with Russia, who began using a military airbase in Iran on Tuesday and launched cruise missiles from warships in the Mediterranean sea against Syrian militants on Friday. It is the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that Iran allows foreign troops on its soil. Experts and journalists wonder whether such actions of Russia are only a show of force or a determination to make a strategic boost for Assad’s forces. Nevertheless, they agreed that the events signal a growing cooperation between Moscow and Tehran, which makes the West nervous, since Russia and Iran are the main backers of the Syrian president.