While modern Syria has an historical connection to ancient Assyria there is no political connection. But there are important spiritual connections and applications between Assyria and the nations of the earth today.
The story is foreshadowed in Daniel Chapters 10-12. The prophecy is so accurate some people believe that it was written AFTER the event. But the prophecy was not fully completed evidence that it will be completely fulfilled in the future.
The world goes from crisis to crisis; wherever you look there is pain, suffering and death. Because Israel understands what it means to be in need, she is usually the first nation to help.