Tags: Iran | Middle East | US | US | Syria | Militia

Pentagon: Iran Building, Training Militia in Syria

Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 04:41 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

U.S. defense officials say they are troubled that Iran is playing a larger role supporting the Syrian regime, including its efforts to build and train a militia to fight opposition forces.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says he believes the militia is being used to take the pressure off the Syrian regime forces, who have been at war for 18 months and are having morale problems.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman also says it appears Syrian rebels were able to shoot down a Syrian warplane, but said he has seen no indication that they are armed with heavy weapons or surface-to-air missiles.

He says the MiG fighter could have been shot down with small arms fire. Syria has blamed the crash on a technical malfunction.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Ebola Can Be Weaponized

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:31 PM

Recalling that the Soviet Union stockpiled hemorrhagic fevers during the Cold War, a federal health official warned Tues . . .

Lindsey Graham: 'Mythical' Arab Army Cannot Defeat ISIS

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:21 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is skeptical that an Arab army will be put together to battle Islamic State (ISIS) forces on . . .

Dr. Kent Brantly to Congress: Ebola Is a 'Fire Straight From the Pit of Hell'

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 20:11 PM

America's response to the Ebola virus epidemic ravaging Africa was too little, too late, according to Dr. Kent Brantly,  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved