Syrian rebel leader says over 3,000 Iranian snipers have arrived in Damascus to join the Syrian regime's ranks; army no longer trusts local troops, he claims-
Over the past few weeks more than 3,000 Iranian snipers have arrived in Damascus to aid the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Al-Arabiya reported, citing a leader of one of the rebel groups operating in the civil war-torn country.
The head of the Joint Military Council, one of the groups fighting to maintain control of the city of Aleppo, told the Dubai-based television network that the Syrian army no longer trusts its local troops, who are now considered potential defectors.
Meanwhile, a former Syrian soldier who defected from Assad's ranks to join the rebels claimed that the embattled Syrian president is staying in an underground hideout located in a mountainous area behind his Damascus palace.
According to Khaled al-Hamoud, the building belongs to the president's brother, Maher Assad, and his wife.
"The Syrian leader's entire family is there," he told Asharq Alawsat. "We have the exact coordinates of the site, as well as other strategic sites, including chemical weapon caches."
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