By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monay, 6 June 2016
With reports of over 9 other Iranian and Afghan troops dying in the Syria war, the number of military forces dispatched by Tehran to Syria that have died in the past month surpassed the 50 mark.
In the month of May, Einollah Tabrizi, former deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ unit in Mazandaran Province (northern Iran), reported the death of at least 1,200 “fighters” in clashes of the past four years in Syria.
Despite the fact that Tabrizi made no mentioning of the nationality and ethnicity of these individuals, numerous media reports indicated the deaths of Iran-based Afghan and Pakistani forces sent to Syria in units known as the Fatemiyoun and Zeinabiyoun, fighting alongside Iranian troops.
The report on Saturday, June 4th Iranian media outlets reported the death or funeral of 9 more individuals from various Iranian cities, amongst the Afghan and Iranians dispatched to Syria.
Reza Rostami, a commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Lorestan Province, western Iran, was recently killed in the war in Syria, Iran’s state Youth Journalists Club reported on June 4th. He was known for his experience in the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.
The Iranian state “Astan Khabar” and Tabnak websites also reported the death of Jahangir Jafarnia, a commander of the Revolutionary Guards 16th Gilan Commando Division, being killed south of Aleppo.
The dead bodies of six “sanctuary defenders” are scheduled to be buried in the city of Qom on Monday, June 6th, the Ebna website reported, adding there is no information yet of the names and nationalities of these individuals.
At a time when Iranian officials have in the past five years continued to emphasize on their advisory role for their troops in the Syria war, in at least the past three months. Never a week passed during this period that a dead body of their troops were not buried in Iran.
In the meantime, Abdulamir Mohtashamirad, commander of the IRGC Bassij paramilitary forces in the city of Dezful, southwest Iran, said in an interview with the official IRNA news agency that the fourth member of the this city’s Bassij was killed recently in Syria. He was Mohammad Zalghi, a retired IRGC member of the Ambar Battallion in the Hazrat-e Mahdi Brigade.
Ebna issued yet another report on the funeral of Abbas Soltani, a 22-year old member of the Fatemiyoun unit, in the town of Varamin, southeast of Tehran.