Ebrahim Raisi in Syria

A central point of the agreements likely to be signed will be the operation of a single Assad-controlled reconstruction fund.Assad has never publicly acknowledged that persian forces operated on his behalf in Syria’s civil war, saying Tehran only had military advisers on the ground. Qassem Suleimani, the Revolutionary Guards general killed by a US drone in 2020, was instrumental in 2015 in persuading Russia to intervene to save Assad from military defeat.