IAF Chief: Assad Regime Arming Itself With Advanced Russian Weaponry

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel says Syria has invested millions in purchasing anti-aircraft missiles, including Russian S-300 systems.

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IAF chief Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel said on Wednesday that Bashar Assad's regime is arming itself with high-quality Russian technology, including S-300 missile systems.

Speaking at a Herzliya conference, Eshel said that despite the Syrian regime's difficult situation, "Assad, with his small budget, has invested millions in purchasing anti-aircraft missiles such as SA-24, SA-22, SA-17 and the S-300 that is on its way."

According to foreign media, the IAF destroyed last January a SA-24 missile shipment meant to reach Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Also on Wednesday, the German Der Spiegel magazine reported that German intelligence has revised its previous estimate and now believes the Assad regime has stabilized. Less than a year ago, German intelligence had said the regime's downfall was imminent.

Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at the parliament in Damascus, Syria in 2012.Credit: AP Photo/SANA

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