Syrian President Bashar Assad denied reports that Russia, Hezbollah and Iran had sent soldiers to Syria. Russia has been very constructive, Iran has been very supportive and Hezbollah's role is to defend Lebanon, not Syria," he told the Sunday Times.
"We are a country of 23 million people with a strong national army and police force. We are in no need of foreign fighters to defend our country," he said. (Ynet)