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Now who is being deceptive and who is being truthful?|
Nonetheless, I wouldn't doubt that the UK and the US are providing rebel support in Syria. Hillary Clinton all but carried weapons in there on her back with all of her resent rhetoric.
But the following article shows one has to take what comes out of Iran on the subject in the form of news with a grain of salt.
Pro-reform and anti-regime street protests have rattled President Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria for several months since the Arab Spring sparked unrest across the region. The challenge to Assad’s rule in Syria has significant regional implications. The Syrian regime is Iran’s key strategic partner in the Middle East, serving as Tehran’s link to terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which threaten Israel’s security and regional stability. Iranian leaders, who seek to preserve the Assad regime, have publicly downplayed the significance of the Syrian protest movement while reportedly assisting Assad in his violent repression of the internal opposition.
Tehran has cultivated and expanded its relationship with Damascus in recent years. Examples of these ties include reports involving Iran’s financing of Syrian weapons purchases and the construction of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base in Damascus. In July 2007, Damascus and Tehran reportedly entered into an agreement under which Iran would supply Syria with Iranian-made weapons in exchange for a “Syrian pledge to not enter peace negotiations with Israel.” Ties between the two countries also extend to economic cooperation. Syria reported in January 2007 that Iran was the top non-Arab economic investor in the country. More recently, Iranian and Syrian officials have begun negotiations over energy sector projects, including a natural gas pipeline project that would involve Iraq.
President Assad hosted Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in February 2010 in a high-profile meeting demonstrating the unity of the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah axis. Assad and Ahmadinejad issued a joint statement emphasizing the “deep and brotherly ties” between the two nations. Assad also said during the meeting that Iran and Syria were cooperating with one another to “defeat Israeli terrorism.” The meeting reaffirmed the Syria-Iran partnership and represented an explicit rejection of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call for Syria to “begin to move away from the relationship with Iran.”
The rhetoric adopted by Iranian officials regarding the 2011 uprising in Syria has been starkly anti-Western. An Iranian foreign ministry official claimed that the grassroots protest movement in Syria was “a mischievous act of Westerners, particularly Americans and Zionists.” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi alleged that “foreigners seek to create unrest in Syria.” President Assad echoed a similar narrative in his March 30, 2011 speech condemning the “great conspiracy whose tentacles extend to some nearby countries and far-away countries, with some inside the country.” President Ahmadinejad’s May 10, 2011 statement supported Assad’s crackdown, declaring that “the [Syrian] government and the people of Syria have reached a level of maturity to solve their own problem by themselves and there is no need for foreign intervention.” The anti-Western narrative adopted by Syria and Iran underscores the shared regional outlook of the two nations.
The loss of a key strategic partner in Assad would represent a significant setback for the Iranian regime. Iranian officials’ steadfast rhetorical support for Assad during the unrest has been reinforced by their reported provision of material support, training, and advice for suppressing dissent in Syria. The following section provides data related to Iranian support for Syria’s crackdown and will be updated periodically: