Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has not received advanced surface-to-air missiles despite reports to the contrary, according to Fox News, which cited two senior United States officials "privy to sensitive intelligence matters" on Thursday. The missiles pose a threat to Israel and international efforts to impose a no-fly zone over the civil-war-ravaged country.
Fox cited an initial transcript of Al-Assad's interview with Hizbullah-associated Al-Manar Television as claiming "Syria has received the first shipment of Russian anti-aircraft S-300 rockets." According to a later transcript, he said, "There are many arms agreements between us and the Russians from a long time. The Russians are committed to their agreements. All that was agreed with Russia will be implemented and part of it has been already done. We and the Russians are in agreement and we will continue to be like this."