'Iranian, Russian arms giving Assad edge in Syria'

'Washington Post' reports drones, advanced equipment for gathering intel aiding Assad in fight against opposition forces.

June 2, 2013 09:21
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Syria's Assad, Iranian President Ahmadinejad

Syrian President Assad, Iranian President Ahmadinejad 311R. (photo credit: Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters)

Sophisticated weapons that Iran and Russia have provided to Syrian President Bashar Assad have "cemented an advantage" gained by his forces in recent weeks with the

“The government troops clearly have a much better view of the battlefield, and they’re better able to respond to incoming fire — sometimes even before the other side can land a blow,” an intelligence official was quoted as saying.

While Assad's forces have, with the help of Russian and Iranian military aid, been able to beat back rebel advances in some areas of Syria, the Post quoted analysts as saying the government was unlikely to recapture other parts of the country already in rebel hands.

"Foreign assistance to the Syrian regime has allowed Assad’s forces to make some recent tactical gains, but overall, they’ve lost a lot of ground since the conflict began," a US official stated.

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