The Syrian civil war is reaching a new state of escalation. The first link reports that thousands of elite Iranian troops are pouring into Syria to bolster Assad’s pro-Russia regime. It also notes that the Iranian troops are pouring into Syria to replace the thousands of Sunni Arab troops who have joined the rebellion vs. Assad. While the Iranians will bolster Assad’s regime (with Russian approval, no doubt), this can only inflame more Sunni Arabs in Syria to join the rebels. That Assad needs thousands of Persian Shiite enforcers to keep him in power can only motivate more Sunni Arabs to join the resistance forces. The Iranians will have no compunctions about perpetrating atrocities against the majority Sunnis in Syria, and each atrocity will move more Sunnis to oppose Assad. The defection of the Sunni Syrian Prime Minister indicates this trend is accelerating…much to Assad’s distress.
The rebels are still heavily outgunned, but it is clear that they are starting to receive some heavier weaponry. I’ve noticed pictures on the internet in new stories of rebels posing over destroyed Syrian army tanks. Clearly, the rebels now have anti-tank weapons. Where did they come from? The answer seems clear. The second link reports that the Saudis and Jordanians are cooperating to send “a large flow of equipment” across Jordan to the Syrian rebels.
The report mentions humanitarian aid, but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that plenty of weaponry (including anti-tank weapons) is also in those convoys heading to the rebels.
The third link is even more explicit. The third report, from Voice of America, states that the CIA is funneling anti-tank and other weaponry to Syrian rebels that it considers to be friendly, and that the weaponry is coming from the Saudis, the Turks and Qatar. The report also adds that the USA may be giving satellite reconnaissance help to the Syrian rebels. On the other side of the equation, the Russian are sending more helicopters to Assad’s forces.
Make no mistake about it. A titanic struggle is being waged to see whether Syria will stay aligned with the Gog-Magog alliance prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39 to form in the latter days or whether Syria will be pulled from its clutches and become allied to the Sunni Arab coalition headed by Saudi Arabia which is anti-Iranian. The outcome is not yet clear, but it bears close watching. There is another issue critical in this struggle. If Assad’s regime falls and Syria is led by a pro-Saudi Sunni leader, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces in South Lebanon will lose their main supply route for Iranian weaponry and help. This means that the Israelis also have a lot at stake in the outcome of this struggle.