An Iranian Islamic Republican Guards Corps (IRGC) force, comprised of hundreds of soldiers, has recently entered Syria to assist the embattled Assad regime, a senior security source said on Thursday. Additionally, in a coordinated Iranian-Russian maneuver, Russian logistics military forces have begun arriving in the coastal region of Syria in recent days, to begin setting up Russian fighter jet and combat helicopter strike assets.
Tehran dispatched its force “in light of Assad’s” ongoing distress, the source stated, adding that the deployment is part of a wider Russian-Iranian coordinated effort to prevent what remains of the Assad regime from collapsing. According to Israeli assessments, the Assad regime currently controls 25 to 30 percent at most of Syria, consisting of Damascus and the Syrian coastline, where the regime’s minority Allawite support base is centered. FULL REPORT