Russia has sent advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria, The New York Times reports.
American officials told the US-based paper that the most recent shipment from Russia contains an advanced radar system that makes them more effective.
The weapons, called Yakhonts, could enable the Assad regime to counter any international attempts to impose a naval embargo, or establish a no-fly zone, according to experts.
More top news
Delivery firms hold out against calls to improve conditions for self-employed workers as Hermes says any such move could cause job losses.
Wet and very windy weather spread in from the west overnight with snow expected across much of southern Scotland.
Family of suicide bomber Jamal al Harith said he would never have turned to terror before he was held for two years in notorious US camp.