Iran: IRGC Ground Force commander admits sending military boots to Syria

May 05
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Commander of the IRGC ground forces (left) participating in a funeral held for an IRGC soldier killed in the Syrian war.
Commander of the IRGC ground forces (left) participating in a funeral held for an IRGC soldier killed in the Syrian war.
By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 5 May 2017

Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Ground Forces said his units will continue sending military forces to Syria in cooperation with the Quds Force, according to remarks made Tuesday, May 2nd.

“We in the Ground Forces began supporting the Quds Force in Syria and sent advisors who are there now, and we will be having further dispatches,” Mohammad Pakpour said.

“When you intend to send advisors to the army of a country at war, you must be on the ground and we have sent advisors to Syria in different scopes, including planning, technicalities, specialists, tactics and techniques,” he added.

“Wars have different perspectives. And the most important is the ground scenario. In this regard we have rushed to the support of the Quds Force,” Pakpour explained.

“We will continue sending our advisors as long as there is a need for them. Therefore, when we say advisors, we are not talking about just 4 or 5 individuals,” he continued.

In February this senior Iranian military commander said, “When our beliefs were attacked from all directions, the Saberin and other Ground Force units were sent to the region as advisors to prevent any attacks against the shrines of Zeynab (in Syria) and the Imams in Iraq.”

In addition to forces from the Basij, the IRGC and army commandoes who are described as ‘military advisors’, brigades dubbed the ‘Fatemiyoun’ consisting of Afghan foot-soldiers, and ‘Zeynabiyoun’ consisting of Shiite Pakistanis were organized by the IRGC alongside Bashar Assad’s army and the Lebanese Hezbollah to fight in Syria.

From the beginning of the Syria civil war back in 2011 at least 465,000 people have been killed or disappeared. Over 5 million Syrians refugees are currently in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the UNHCR. The number of these refugees had reached 4.8 million up to the fall of 2016.

Mr. Mohammad Mohadessin, Chair of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Foreign Affairs Commission issued a statement in reference to the remarks made by the IRGC Ground Forces commander saying resolving the issue of Syria and the region hinges on evicting the Iranian regime and IRGC from Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The first step to realize this objective is to designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization. The inaction seen in the international community in the face of the mullahs’ regime and their IRGC has significantly encouraged Tehran in its meddling in Syria.

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