Iran sends advisers to help quell unrest in Syria

Iran is sending trainers and advisers, including members of its elite Quds Force, into Syria to help crush anti-government protesters that are threatening to topple Iran`s most key ally in the region.

Washington: Iran is sending trainers and
advisers, including members of its elite Quds Force, into
Syria to help crush anti-government protesters that are
threatening to topple Iran`s most key ally in the region.

The influx of Iranian trained manpower also include
weapons, riot gear and sophisticated surveillance system that
is helping Syrian authorities to crack down anti-regime
opponents, the Washington Post reported today quoting US
officials.

The paper said that Iranian aided computer
surveillance is believed to have led to the arrest hundreds of
Syrians.

Quoting a diplomat the Iranian trainers have brought
to the capital Damascus to instruct Syrians in techniques Iran
used to crush the `Greens Movement` in 2009.

Officers from Iran`s notorious Quds Force have played
a key role in the ongoing crackdown in Syria. The Quds Force
is a unit of Iran`s Revolutionary Guards responsible for
operations outside Iran.

Iran`s increasing engagement in Syria reflects anxiety
in Tehran about the prospects of President Bashir Assad, who
has failed to end the protests despite using heavy force.

The Post said Assad while managing to hold on to power
has been severely weakened by months of unrest.]
It said on March 23 Turkish officials had seized light
weapons including assault rifles and grenade launchers from an
Iranian cargo plane bound for Syria.

PTI

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