Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is not involved in military affairs in Syria, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.
"The IRGC is just offering consultations. It has no military presence in Syria," Pakpour said, Iran's Fars news agency reported on April 19.
Iran only has a number of military attachés in Syria, he said, adding that these envoys have provided consultations to the Syrian army, which has resulted in the formation of popular mobilized troops.
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 January 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 January 22 with the aim of ending the Syrian civil war.