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Iran will ramp up military advisory presence in Syria: IRGC

24 October 2015 9:34


A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has announced that Tehran will increase its military advisory presence in Syria.

Following a new round of field developments in the fight against terrorist and Takfiri groups in Syria, Iran plans to boost its advisory presence in the crisis-hit country, the head of the IRGC’s Public Relations Office, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, said on Friday.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had also earlier said that the Islamic Republic would step up its advisory assistance to Syria to help the Arab country in the fight against terrorism.

Amir-Abdollahian also stressed that the Islamic Republic has military advisers in Iraq and Syria “at the request of the two countries’ governments.”

IRGC members killed in Syria

The comments come as three IRGC members have been killed in the fight against Takfiri terrorists in Syria over the past two days.

Reza Khavari, an IRGC commander, was also killed by terrorist groups in Syria on Friday.

Sharif said that Abdollah Baqeri and Amin Karimi, members of IRGC’s Ansar forces, were also killed on Thursday and Friday.

On October 12, two veteran Iranian commanders, who were sent to Syria to give the country’s army military consultations, were killed during the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Colonel Hamid Mokhtarband and Colonel Farshad Hassounizadeh, both senior commanders with the IRGC, were killed during the battle against Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria.

Hassounizadeh was in Syria to defend the holy shrine of Hazrat Zeinab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), in the country’s capital of Damascus.

The two commanders were killed few days after the killing of IRGC senior Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani by Daesh terrorists on the outskirts of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo.

Iran has sent military advisers to Syria to help in the fight against terrorists wreaking havoc in the conflict-stricken country.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has thus far claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

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