Free Syrian Army Commander: Iran, Hizbullah Aiding Assad in Syria

(Asharq Al-Awsat-UK) Amr Ahmed - Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Brig.-Gen. Hussam Awak said in an interview in Cairo that an Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) armored brigade is fighting alongside Assad regime forces in Syria. "On more than one occasion, we have captured IRGC officers and Iranian experts," adding that "there is a full armored IRGC brigade operating on Syrian soil and present in the Ahmed Jibril (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command) camps in the Deir al-Ashayar region along the Lebanese-Syrian border." "They have been present there since 2007, following Hizbullah's war with Israel." Awak also revealed that Hizbullah Brigades 101, 102, and 103 are fighting alongside Assad regime forces. He claimed that Brigade 103 specializes in assassination and bombings, while "Hizbullah Brigade 101 specializes in street battles and sniper attacks." "As for the Iraqi Shiite brigades that are trying to reach Syria (to aid the Assad regime), we are warning them for the hundredth time not to interfere in Syrian affairs."

2012-03-02 00:00:00

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