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Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Capt. Ammar al-Wawi, secretary of the Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, has revealed to Asharq al-Awsat that the Syrian regime has started losing control over its military sectors to the extent that it is resorting to bringing in “volunteers” from Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon. Al-Wawi points out that the information obtained by the Free Syrian Army says that members of Muqtada al-Sadr group, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hezbollah, and Amal Movement have started to enter Syria to participate in confronting the demonstrators and those opposing the regime.

Last week, Major Maher al-Naimi, spokesman for the provisional military council confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat the arrival of armed groups from Iraq, loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, in order to fight alongside the Syrian regime’s army in Homs, with Maher al-Assad’s fourth division.

He said “there are armed groups coming to Syria to support the regime’s army. This was confirmed to us by Syrian citizens, whose homes were stormed, and they could identify them from their non-Syrian accents”. He added “however, up until now, we have been unable to capture any of them, because the regime’s army is trying as much as possible to hide their bodies as quickly as possible, whilst leaving the wounded bodies and corpses of [ordinary] Syrians lying on the ground for many hours”. Al-Naimi elaborated, stating “two civilian aircraft landed three days ago at Hama military airport, transporting a large number of fighters loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr. At the same time, Maher al-Assad’s Regiment 555 was mobilized, along with other specialized forces known as the “mobile infantry”, in order to undertake raids targeting rural Hama, and they have also reached the outskirts of Jisr ash-Shugur”.