Iran claims victory with Assad’s anticipated win in Syrian election

June 3, 2014 1:37 PM

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BEIRUT — As Syrians went to the polls Tuesday, President Bashar al-Assad’s chief ally, Iran, was trumpeting his anticipated reelection as a defeat for the United States.

Top Iranian officials in recent days have issued a flurry of declarations celebrating not only the affirmation of Assad’s continued hold on power that the election represents but also Iran’s role in sustaining him.

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