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State Dept.: Russia and Iran still arming Bashar al-Assad

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Josh Rogin
Foreign Policy
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Russia and Iran are continuing to send arms to the Syrian regime that can be used against protesters, a top State Department official said today.

“Iran is resupplying Syria and through Syria has supplied weapons to Hezbollah,” said Tom Countryman, the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, at a Wednesday morning breakfast meeting of the Defense Writers Group in Washington.

Countryman’s bureau plays a major role in monitoring international compliance with nonproliferation and arms control rules. He declined to go into specifics on what arms Iran and Russia are giving the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but he confirmed that both countries are still supplying arms that can be used to attack civilians and opposition groups inside Syria, who are engaged in an increasingly bloody struggle with the government.

“We do not believe that Russian shipments of weapons to Syria are in the interests of Russia or Syria,” he said.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am





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