1. REINFORCEMENTS

    Report: Iranian Troops Aid Syria

    A Rebel fighter gestures to his commanders during battle against pro- Syrian government forces at the al-Mashad neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on August 25, 2012.  Syrian rebels say they are digging in for a war of attrition in Aleppo, where what was being billed as the "mother of all battles" is now dragging on into a second month of bloody stalemate.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed that the Islamic Republic is sending commanders and soldiers to support dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, the first confirmation by Iran’s military of its role in the ongoing conflict. The relationship between the Iranian and Syrian security apparatuses is long-standing, and it has been suspected that Iran has played a role in propping up Assad’s regime over the course of the bloody 17-month Syrian uprising. “Today we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war, a military one in Syria and a cultural one as well,” said Iranian Gen. Salar Abnoush in a speech Monday.

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