Increasing Russian, Iranian Involvement Helps Assad in Syria – Ron Ben-Yishai (Ynet News)
(dailyalert.org, May 24, 2014)
Western intelligence believes that the main reason for Assad’s recent successes in the civil war raging in Syria is the increasing involvement of Iran, Russia and Hizbullah.
For the first time in over a decade, Russian advisors have been seen among Syrian army units in the midst of actual fighting.
Russian mercenaries are guarding oil fields in eastern Syria which are under Assad control.
Russian involvement on such a scale hasn’t been seen in Syria since the 1980s.
The Iranians as well have become more directly involved in the fighting. Some 300 Iranian Guard soldiers are currently fighting in Syria, likely in Aleppo.
In southern Syria, on the border with Jordan, hundreds of Hizbullah fighters are aiding the Syrian army’s current assault on Daraa and Nawa.
Russia, China Veto UN Bid to Refer Syria to International Court – Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau (Reuters)
Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the country’s civil war.
This was the fourth time Russia and China have blocked UN Security Council action on Syria.
“Russia and Iran may sign an…agreement this year on building from four to eight nuclear reactors, and, under the deal, the contract for the construction of the first two reactors as additions to [the] Bushehr [reactor],” a source said Thursday.