A man, reportedly an Iranian officer in the custody of the opposition Free Syrian Army, spoke with alarabiya.net Thursday (April 4th), saying he used to train snipers for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
He said he used to train men in the western province of Idlib.
"My name is Hamid Wothouq, and I am from Shiraz city. I stayed in al-Fouaa and Kafriya for five months to work with snipers. In Iran, I worked for the Basij. I want help from the Islamic republic," he said.
Wothouq allegedly entered Syria from Turkey and said there were Iranian soldiers spread in the country to help the Assad regime in fighting opposition forces.
"In al-Fouaa and Kafriya, Bousra, Tartous and Damascus, there are Iranian soldiers fighting alongside the Assad army," he said.