WikiLeaks revealed in its new documents that during last June thousands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and members of Lebanese Hezbollah were fighting in Syria in support of Assad’s regime.News that Iran and Hezbollah was aiding the Assad regime last year is not a revelation. Last July JCPA issued a report How Iran Is Helping Assad Suppress Syrian "Arab Spring"
In a letter leaked from the “Four Stars for Strategic Information and Analysis” center, Iranian armed individuals and Hezbollah militants have implemented prompt execution warrants against Syrian soldiers who had refused to shoot at demonstrators. The “Four Stars” center quotes a source inside Hezbollah calling him ‘Hezbollah activist’ as saying that there are 3000 members of IRGC, 2000 Hezbollah militias and 300 people from “Amal Movement” in Syria. The source adds that 42 members of IRGC and 27 from Hezbollah were killed in Syria, and Syrian airplanes transfer Iran’s casualties to Tehran and lots of vehicles transfer Hezbollah casualties to Lebanon.
Reports have emerged about elements of the Iranian IRGC's Al-Quds Force (responsible for subversion and special operations outside of Iran), advisers from Iran's domestic Law Enforcement Services, as well as Hizbullah men working throughout Syria to help Assad repress the popular protests. Iran also apparently provided Syria with advanced eavesdropping equipment which enables the identification of activists who converse by phone or use social networks on the Internet.Read the whole thing.
Wikileaks is just providing confirmation.
Israel Matzav thinks the stage for Iranian and Hezbollah support for Assad was established earlier:
Remember that meeting between Assad, Ahmadinejad and Nasrallah a couple of years ago? My guess is that although they never announced it, they entered into some sort of mutual defense pact. Another accomplishment of Obama's 'engagement' with Iran and Syria....Iran and Hezbollah do not appear to be afraid of any consequences from the West--why should they be, since the West has still not come up with anything more than talk.
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