Thousands of members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and Lebanon’s Hezbollah were fighting in Syria as of July and killing Syrian troops who refused to open fire on protestors, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.The email, sent on August 16, is an analyst’s report on information received from one source and corroborated by another.
The source— described as a “sub-source via ME1″— is a Hezbollah student activist whose claims were “unconditionally verified” by a Hezbollah media source.
“He says there are in Syria about 3,000 IRGC men and 2,000 HZ fighters, in addition to 300 Amal Movement men [i.e. Lebanese Resistance Detachments] and 200 [Syrian National Socialist Party] militiamen.The IRGC men are leading the pro-regime armed gangs. Syrian soldiers who refuse to open fire on protesters are killed by the Iranians and pro-Syrian Lebanese allies. The Iranians and Lebanese usually stand behind Syrian troops and kill Syrian soldiers immediately if they refuse to open fire. The 17 Syrian troops dumped in the Orontes River in Hama were killed by HZ men.”
The first source also said that 42 IRGC members and 27 Hezbollah fighters were killed in Syria during July, and that Syrian cargo planes transported the dead Iranians to Tehran while several vans transported dead Hezbollah fighters to Lebanon.
“Both diplomats say [Syrian president Bashar al-Assad] has defied their repeated requests that he listens to his people but he chose, instead, to deal with the protests in a very heavy-handed manner. The Turkish diplomat says [al-Assad] thinks that former Egyptian president Husni Mubarak and his Tunisian counterpart Zayn al-Abidin bin Ali fell because they did not use enough coercive force to crush the protests and gave up too soon. The Saudi Diplomat says [al-Assad] has consistently discarded king Abdullah’s advice.”
Stratfor provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. defence Intelligence Agency.
WikiLeaks has published 782 out of what they say is a cache of 5 million internal Stratfor emails dated between July 2004 and December 2011 obtained by the hacker collective Anonymous around Christmas.
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