The implications of the release of the money could be far-reaching, and perhaps could even bolster Iran’s allies abroad, such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. “I suspect they are going to get an increase in material support” that will “become apparent in the next couple of months,” said Dennis Ross, a former adviser to President Obama, to The Washington Post.
The announcement comes just hours after news that Iran and the U.S. engaged in a prisoner swap which saw the freeing of four U.S. citizens for seven Iranian nationals convicted of breaking sanctions and supporting Iran.
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