Iran is stepping up its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Russia is continuing to send money and arms to the regime, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned. “The Iranians have made it clear for some time that keeping Assad in power was one of their highest priorities. We believe they have acted on that by sending in more personnel, not only to help Assad, but to support and advise military security forces,” Clinton said.
In her last media interview as secretary of state, Clinton said there was “a lot of concern that they are increasing the quality of weapons, because Assad is using up the weapons, so it’s numbers and it’s material.” “The Iranians have been actively involved from the very beginning. It appears that they may be increasing that involvement and that is a matter of concern to us,” she told a roundtable of journalists including AFP. (AFP, 1 Feb 13)