Iran supporting up to 50k militia in Syria
(UPI) -- Militias fighting for Syrian President Bashar Assad have a second goal of keeping Iran's influence in Syria if Assad falls, officials tell The Washington Post.

As many as 50,000 militiamen backed by Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah Shiite Islamic militant group and political party are being cultivated inside Syria to preserve and protect Tehran and Hezbollah's interests in a post-Assad Syria, the U.S. and Middle Eastern officials told the newspaper.
One assumes they haven't sent their very best, given how they performed thus far...
"It's a big operation," a senior Obama administration official told the Post.

longer article at the WaPo
Posted by: lord garth 2013-02-12