Iranian weapons help Bashar Assad put down Syria protests, officials say.

Image: The president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad/Fabio…

Image: The president of the Syrian Arab Republic, Bashar Al-Assad/Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr

Iran is providing a broad array of assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad to help him suppress anti-government protests, from high-tech surveillance technology to guns and ammunition, U.S. and European security officials say.

Tehran’s technical assistance to Assad’s security forces includes electronic surveillance systems, technology designed to disrupt efforts by protesters to communicate via social media, and Iranian-made drone aircraft for overhead surveillance, the officials said. They discussed intelligence matters on condition of anonymity.

“Over the past year, Iran has provided security assistance to Damascus to help shore up Assad. Tehran during the last couple of months has been aiding the Syrian regime with lethal assistance – including rifles, ammunition, and other military equipment — to help it put down the opposition,” a U.S. official said.

Source: Reuters via MSNBC.

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