Why Syria is Becoming a Battleground for Middle East Influence


Bashar al-Assad denies crackdown in Barbara Walters interview. (Photo: ABC News)

Syria is becoming the latest battleground in a Cold War for influence in the Middle East.

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On one side is Iran, an old ally of the Assad regime. On the other is Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Kingdoms.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who sees it as a new clash of civilizations.