Syria Sending Militia Fighters to Iran for Training

(Reuters) The Syrian government is sending members of its irregular militias for guerrilla combat training at a secret base in Iran. "It was an urban warfare course that lasted 15 days. The trainers said it's the same course Hizbullah operatives normally do," said Samer, a Christian member of a pro-Assad militia. "The Iranians kept telling us that this war is not against Sunnis but for the sake of Syria. But the Alawites on the course kept saying they want to kill the Sunnis and rape their women in revenge," said Samer. Israel's intelligence chief and a Western diplomat have said Iran is helping to train at least 50,000 militiamen and aims to increase the force to 100,000.

2013-04-05 00:00:00

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