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Iran, Hezbollah building militias in Syria

WASHINGTON — Iran and Hezbollah, its Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias in Syria to protect their interests in the event President Bashar Assad’s government falls or retreats from Damascus, US and Middle Eastern officials say.

The militias are fighting alongside government forces to keep Assad in power. But officials believe Iran’s long-term goal is to have operatives in place if Syria fractures into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.

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