Report: Syria to Give Hizbullah Soviet Tanks – Roi Kais (Ynet News)
Hizbullah is set to receive 75 Soviet-era T-55 and T-72 tanks from Syria for use in the fight against al-Qaeda-affiliated militants, according to a reportSaturday in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai.
The report also said that 100 soldiers from Iran’s Special Forces that specialize in urban warfare have arrived in Damascus.
- The Islamic State’s Frantic Response to the Wave of Refugees Fleeing Syria – R. Green
In response to the migration to Europe of hundreds of thousands of people from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, the Islamic State has launched a large-scale media campaign urging Muslims not to seek refuge in the West but rather to come to the territories under its control. ISIS sees the Syrian wave of migration to Europe as an acute challenge. It undermines ISIS propaganda that promotes ISIS as a burgeoning state to which Muslims are flocking. Life in the Islamic State, they say, may perhaps be dangerous, but it promises glory and honor through waging jihad. (MEMRI)
- U.S. Says Rebel Commander It Trained Surrendered Trucks and Ammunition in Syria – Helene Cooper (New York Times)
The Pentagon saidFriday that an American-trained rebel commander in Syria had surrendered trucks and ammunition this week to forces affiliated with an offshoot of al-Qaeda.
The rebel commander said he surrendered the ammunition and trucks in exchange for safe passage through an area in which the Nusra Front operates.