There are currently 60,000 foreign fighters who have entered Syria to wage battle on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to a spokesperson for the opposition.
Haithem al-Mallah, a senior figure in the Syrian opposition, told the Kuwaiti daily Alrai
that the Syrian government is being aided by militiamen from Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq, and Yemen.
Al-Mallah told Alrai
that the Syrian military is no longer capable of matching the rebels on the ground. While the army is using long-range bombardment and airstrikes, it is the Shi'ite fighters from abroad who are engaging the rebels in close-quarter combat, according to al-Mallah.