Iran sends more military advisers to Syria

Iran sends more military personnel and advisers to war torn Syria, to assist regime president Bashar al Assad’s withering authorities

Photo by: Reuters
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Mourners carry the coffin of Iranian Revolutionary Guards general, Hossein Hamedani, during his funeral in Tehran October 11, 2015.

An Iranian official spoke on national television on Tuesday, and said the Revolutionary Guard has sent more military advisers to Syria. Iranian military help comes with the purpose of saving President Bashar Assad’s withering authorities.

During Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard's deputy leader’s speech on television, he mentioned that the Iranian intervention is leading to more Iranian deaths in the civil war. However Salami didn't give specific figures over the Iranian casualties on Syrian lands, or the actual number of Iranian troops currently present there.

Salami says Iranian forces are also trying to mobilize Syrian volunteers in Syria to help Assad “push back rebels and insurgents”.

Tehran denies the presence of Iranian combat troops in Syria, in spite of frequent media reports listing the Iranian casualties, by name, occupation and place of death.

The most prominent Iranian fatality is the senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards General, Hossein Hamedani, who was killed near Aleppo earlier this month.

Mourners hold pictures of Iranian Revolutionary Guards general, Hossein Hamedani, during his funeral in Tehran October 11, 2015.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, told the Guardian that “no [Iranian] fighting force, as such,” on the ground in Syria. and only advisers were shipped there to help the Syrian army.

“The fight against terrorism in Syria has intensified and Russia has taken effective steps to fight Daesh [Isis],” said Amir-Abdollahian. “We have decided to increase the number of our military advisers in Syria to help the fight against terrorists. The number of officers and advisers is not important. What is important is an unwavering will to fight against terrorism.”

Coupled with the Iranian presence in Syria, also with Assad’s assistance, comes the Russian military intervention.

Amir-Abdollahian also commented on the Russian intervention, saying “commensurate with our capabilities and the requests made by the Syrian government. If need be we will provide the same advisory services to our Russian friends.”

Russia started its air strikes in Syria on September 30, with the initial claim of battling ISIS militancy, however, in time the Russian intentions in Syria appeared to be only protecting Assad’s regime.



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