Sources in Lebanon, reported to Reuters news agency on hundreds of Iranian soldiers who arrived in Syria for the last 10 days, with armament the nature of which suggests on a large-scale ground operation. They will work together with the Lebanese Assad allies — Hezbollah forces and Shiite militias of Iraq, while Russia will provide an air support.
«Leading Iranian infantry forces began to arrive in Syria. They are not a military advisers, but soldiers and officers … hundreds of them and they come with weapons and ammunition stockpiles. It is definitely not the last batch which arrived», — says the source.
Until now, the direct Iranian military support for Assad was in sending military advisors and specialists. Iraq has mobilized a Shiite militia, among which are the Iraqis and Afghans, to fight on the side of the Syrian government forces.