News ID: 139352
Published: 0715 GMT April 11, 2016

Four Iranian military advisors martyred in Syria

Four Iranian military advisors martyred in Syria

Four Iranian Army commandos were martyred in Syria on an advisory mission.

"Four of the first military advisors of the Islamic Republic's Army...were martyred in Syria by takfiri groups," Tasnim News Agency reported on Monday.

The news agency named one of them as Mohsen Qeytaslo, a commando, but did not identify the rest.

Last week, Tehran announced the deployment of commandos from the army to Syria on an advisory mission, where the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is fighting an array of foreign-backed terrorists.

Amir-Ali Arasteh, the deputy for coordination in the Iranian Army’s Ground Force said last week that the Iranian commandos, from Brigade 65, took on a mission of advising Syrian forces.

The Syrian government is in fight with an array of foreign-backed terrorists, including, but not limited to, those of the Daesh. Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the so-called Al-Nusra Front, is another group engaged in brutal activities against the Syrian people and government.

Russia, another Syrian ally, has been conducting an aerial campaign against terrorist groups in Syria since September 2015. The bombing campaign had been requested by the Syrian government.

With allied help, the Syrian government has been able to take back terrorist-held areas, including recently the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been run over by Daesh back in May 2015.

Syria has been gripped by terrorism since 2011. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 270,000 people have since been killed in the war-ravaged country; however, some reports put the death toll as high as 470,000.

The Iranian advisory presence comes as part of defense agreements reached between the governments of Iran and Syria. Iran does not have boots on the ground in the Arab country.

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