IRGC’s Quds force presence in Syria officially confirmed
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep.16/ Trend, D.Khatinoglu/
Chief Commander of the Iranian Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC) Mohammad Ali Jafari confirmed presence of IRGC's elite forces (Quds) in Syria, ISNA reported on Sunday.
Jafari during a press conference in Tehran said that "everybody knows that IRGC has a special force, namely Quds, to export Islamic revolution and help Muslim communities in the world.
He said that some Quds members are in Syria, but it does not mean that we have military presence there.
Quds elite force is a branch of IRGC, tasked with exporting Iran's Islamic revolution occurred in 1979 and responsible for extraterritorial operations of IRGC.
Jafari said that Iran provides financial, counseling and mental helps to Syria, not military.
In response to a question whether Iran will react to foreign military strike on Syira regarding security agreement between Tehran and Damascus, Jafari said that this is depends on conditions and circumstances.
IRGC chief commander called Syria as frontier of resistance against "Zionist regime", Iran's major fatal enemy, saying Israel has reached to deadlock.
"Israel can not force the U.S. to accompany him in strike over Iran, because the U.S. is vulnerable regarding its bases in the region are in range of Iranian missiles", IRGC chief commander added.
Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for over 17 months.
According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 20,000. More than 230,000 have become refugees with around three million in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say they oppose the well-armed militants.