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Russia and Iran throw weight behind Assad at UN meet

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani arrives during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015, at the United NationsRussia and Iran announced a new coalition to defend Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad and defeat the Islamic State on Sunday, handing him a dramatic victory ahead of the UN General Assembly. Assad was not among the dozens of leaders gathered in New York for the annual UN meeting, but will have been heartened by his allies’ demand that the world focus on defeating the jihadist threat. “I think today everyone has accepted that President Assad must remain so that we can combat the terrorists,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said, in an interview with CNN.

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