Iran is increasing its supply of arms and other aid to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has played a key role in the intensification of the government's crackdown on dissidents, The Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing US officials with access to intelligence reports from the region.
"The aid from Iran is increasing, and is increasingly focused on lethal assistance,” the Post quoted one of the officials as saying.
The US intelligence assessments appeared to support claims by the Syrian opposition that hundreds of Iranian military advisers, security officials and intelligence operatives have been sent into Syria along with weapons, electronic surveillance equipment and money.
“They’ve supplied equipment, weapons and technical assistance — even monitoring tools — to help suppress unrest,” a US official was quoted as saying by the Post. “Iranian security officials also traveled to Damascus to help deliver this assistance.”