Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"North Korean officers actively assisting in Syrian war"

A dozen North Korean military officers are helping Syrian government forces as military advisors, unconfirmed reports said Tuesday.

That would put North Korea on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alongside Iran, Russia and Lebanon's Hezbollah in a civil war that ignited amid the "Arab Spring" in 2011.

Rami Abdul Rahman of a group called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Monday, "The exact number of the officers is not known, but there are definitely 11 to 15 North Korean officers, most of whom speak Arabic."

He added that the officers were "deployed in a number of areas, including defense factories southeast of Aleppo and at regular forces' stations in the city."