Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Akbar Shahriari who was killed by Syrian opposition this week, was buried this morning in Tehran, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Jan. 23.
Fars called Shahriari a "defender of Zeinab shrine" in Syria.
On Jan. 19, Mohammad Reza Beyzaie, who was also a member of IRGC, was killed in Syria, IRGC`s Sepahe Ashura news portal reported. Military officials were present at Beyzaie's burial in Tabriz on Jan. 22.
On Nov. 4, Iran's Mehr news agency reported that a high-ranking IRGC general Mohammad Jamalizadeh Paghaleh was killed in Syria. Reportedly, the general, who was the member of IRGC's Qods force, did not go to Syria officially, but voluntarily. Jamalizadeh was killed by the Syrian opposition, which Mehr cited as Takfiri groups.
Iran is a close ally of the Syrian government and has always shown its support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Syrian opposition claim that Iranian military forces are fighting against them, while Iran dismisses the claims, saying that Iran only has advisors in Syria, to transfer its military experience to the Syrian army.
During the conflict in Syria which began in March 2011, more than 115,000 people have been killed in the country and over 4.2 million have become refugees in Syrian territory and two million have fled to neighboring countries.
On Jan. 20, Ban Ki-moon withdrew the invitation to Iran to participate in the conference on Syria, after Tehran declared it does not support the June 2012 political transition deal that is the basis for the talks.
The Geneva 2 peace conference is a proposed UN backed international conference which started in Geneva on Jan. 22 with the aim of ending the Syrian civil war.