31 Oct '13, 6pm

Russia Stepping up Arms Shipments to Syria, US Official Says

Russia Stepping up Arms Shipments to Syria, US Official Says

WASHINGTON — The fighting between the government and rebels in Syria continues to be “a grinding war of attrition” with no military or political end in sight, a top American diplomat said today. “Neither the regime nor the opposition can throw a knockout punch,” Robert Ford, US ambassador to Syria, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The ruling regime of Bashir al Assad is increasingly relying on foreign forces, such as Hezbollah from Lebanon, Iranian Qods troops and Iraqi Shia militias to fight on behalf of the government since regime forces have melted away and new recruits are increasingly difficult to find. “More and more, the regime is dependent on foreign manpower” as it struggles to hold its armed forces together and keep them supplied, he added. The Assad regime is also being supplied by Russia, which has recently increased the amount of conventional arms ...

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