What impression did you get from the Syrian government soldiers?
I found them a…pretty determined army…Many of the soldiers I spoke to had been wounded. So they are tough, ruthless men on the government side…the government forces in Syria are clearly taking territory from the rebels.
What role is Iran playing in this conflict?
We know that the Iranian government has given advice, but these are very, very small token forces, compared to the propaganda, which is that thousands and thousands of Iranians are arriving en masse. I did not see any Iranian soldiers on any front line.