MESOP NEWS INSIGHT : Free Syrian Army Calls on International Community Over “Iranian Base” in Mhardeh

The Free Syrian Army has issued a statement calling on the international community to help “neutralize” the regime town of Mhardeh in northern Hama Province.

The FSA said Mhardeh has been converted to an “Iranian military base” as pro-Assad forces try to hold back a rebel advance.

During their offensive last month, the rebels surrounded Mhardeh but the FSA said it would not be attacked because of religious sensitivities. Pro-opposition activists subsequently accused pro-Assad militia of using the town as a “safe haven” from which to fire rockets on rebels, supporting a pro-Assad assault on the nearby town of Halfaya.