Hezbollah, Iran “significantly” increased aid to Syrian regime

According to a report by Israeli daily Haaretz , Hezbollah and Iran have “significantly” increased their aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime but are at the same time preparing for the possibility of its downfall.

The paper based it article on Western intelligence reports.

The reports say that Iranian officers and Hezbollah militants have supplied arms to Syrian troops and trained them, to aid Assad in his months-long effort to crack down on anti-regime protests in the country. They also show that Hezbollah fighters were killed in clashes with rebel forces.

The daily quoted Israeli defense officials this week as saying that the potential fall of the Assad regime prompted Iran and Hezbollah to increase their involvement in the Syrian crisis. According to the officials, even though the Iranians believe Assad will survive the uprising, they are still preparing for a scenario whereby he is toppled, in order to maximize their influence on a post-Assad Syria.

“Iranian assistance to Syria, which has been ongoing for years and is dubbed “the shadow army” by Israel, consists of extensive arms shipments, which include rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft missiles that could be used against a potential air strike campaign by international forces, as well as riot dispersal means. The so-called shadow army was coordinated by Imad Mughniyeh and Mohammed Suleiman, who were killed in two separate incidents in 2008. Syria and Hezbollah claim the two were assassinated by Israel.”The report says and adds

“Iranian and Hezbollah assistance to Assad also includes the training of Syrian troops in urban warfare, as well as drone operations. Western intelligence reports reveal that Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials frequently make top-secret visits to Syria to advise the regime on how to deal with the rebels.”

Meanwhile, Hezbollah has according to the report beefed up the deployment of its troops along the Lebanon-Syria border, in an attempt to prevent arms spillover from Lebanon to Sunni opposition groups. Unlike Hamas, which ended its presence in Syria almost overnight after the crisis began, Hezbollah still maintains close ties with the Syrian regime and uses bases and ammunition reservoirs on Syrian territory.

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  • josephphdman

    it is the axes of shias in the middle east they support each others until the end  iran iraq syria hezbollah , they beleieve that they are are the true muslims and the sunnis are infidels along with the rest of the world , and not  true muslims , the same thing the sunnis beleive that the shia,s are faked muslims , and those two  have been at war on and off more than a thousand years
    the conflict is not new , and  the idiology is to dominate the middleeast and make it a shia empire and then conquer the rest of the world , and they could not stop until the entire world is dominated by shias, similar ideology have the sunnis dominate the entire world  by sunnis governement ; so that is why iran and hezbollah sending fighters to support the syrian regeme because its leaders are alawite sect of shias .

  • josephphdman

    it is the axes of shias in the middle east they support each others until the end  iran iraq syria hezbollah , they beleieve that they are are the true muslims and the sunnis are infidels along with the rest of the world , and not  true muslims , the same thing the sunnis beleive that the shia,s are faked muslims , and those two  have been at war on and off more than a thousand years
    the conflict is not new , and  the idiology is to dominate the middleeast and make it a shia empire and then conquer the rest of the world , and they could not stop until the entire world is dominated by shias, similar ideology have the sunnis dominate the entire world  by sunnis governement ; so that is why iran and hezbollah sending fighters to support the syrian regeme because its leaders are alawite sect of shias .