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        1/22/2013, Shevat 11, 5773

      Syria Assembles New Paramilitary Force Aided by Iran


      President Bashar al-Assad's regime has assembled a new paramilitary force of men and women, many trained by the Iranian regime, to fight what is now becoming a guerrilla war, a watchdog said Monday.

      The force, dubbed the National Defense Army, gathers together existing popular committees of pro-regime civilian fighters under a new, better-trained and armed hierarchy, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP.