Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan referred to Iran’s advisory presence in the war-torn Syria in an ongoing fight against terrorism, saying that the Army Ground Force is training Syrian units inside the Arab country.
“Our mission in Syria is an advisory one, and we have presence there beside the Syrian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), providing them (the Syrians) with training aid,” Pourdastan said on the sidelines of a Wednesday ceremony in Tehran.
“Since we have acquired enough experience for … proxy wars, we have organized Syrian Rapid Reaction Units in that country, and are transferring the necessary training to them,” he said.
The mission of Iranian Armed Forces in Syria is training Syrian forces and is limited to advisory aid, the Iranian commander stressed.
The remarks came as the Army Ground Force deployed commandos from its Special Forces, known as the 65th Brigade, to Syria for an advisory mission last week.
A couple of days ago, four of the commandos were killed in a large-scale raid launched by thousands of al-Nusra Front militants and other Takfiri terrorists south of Syria’s Aleppo.
During the clashes that led to the martyrdom of the four Iranian commandos, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties with 200 militants killed and a number of tanks and personnel carriers of the al-Nusra Front destroyed.
Iran, a close ally of Syria, has been supporting the legitimate Syrian government in the fight against terrorists.
Tehran has made it clear that its assistance to Syria is confined to consultation and advisory help.
Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting an assortment of militant groups, including the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists.