TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran’s Ambassador to Damascus Mohammad Reza Rao’uf Sheibani hailed the strong resistance of the Syrian people against enemies’ plots, saying that the Syrian troops’ upperhand in the fight against foreign-backed militants is the result of people’s awareness and vigilance.
The Iranian diplomat said that the balance of power in Syria is in favor of the Syrian Army and government, noting that the resistance of the Syrian people has helped strengthen the Army.
In mid-June, a report said that a bipartisan trio of key US senators expressed surprise at the rapid and “dramatic” advances recently made by the Syrian army, cautioning President Barack Obama that arming the rebels would not do much to help them.
Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Carl Levin and Republican John McCain said in a joint letter to Obama that government forces are advancing so dramatically that providing weapons to the opposition alone is unlikely to shift the war back in the rebels’ favor.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling al-Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.
Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.
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