Panetta claimed the US has evidence that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are ”trying to develop, trying to train a militia within Syria to be able to fight on behalf of the regime.”
“We are seeing a growing presence by Iran and that is of deep concern to us,” Panetta added. If true, the accusation amounts to Iran is sending military aid to Syria, it’s longtime ally. This, of course, is in response to the proxy war funded and weaponized by the US and its allies with the aim of overthrowing the Assad regime. Yet, it’s Iran’s interventionism that is “of deep concern,” not America’s.
Panetta also claimed Iran is worsening an already violent situation in Syria. “We do not think that Iran ought to play that role at this moment in time, that’s dangerous…It’s adding to the killing that’s going on in Syria.”