Iran plays decisive role in organizing Syrian pro-government militia-IRGC commander
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari confirmed that Tehran has a decisive role in organizing Syrian pro-government militia.
He made the remarks while commenting on the role of the Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, who was killed in Syria on Oct. 8.
Once the riots started in Syria four years ago, Hamedani went to Syria voluntary to organize "popular forces," Jafari said, Iran's Fars news agency reported Oct. 17.
General Hamedani, who was experienced with street riots during post election protests in Iran in 2009 convinced Syrian officials in particular president Bashar al-Assad that the only way for saving Syria is establishing militia forces, according to Jafari.
Today some 100,000 militia forces are organized in Syria due to efforts of Hamedani, the IRGC commander stated.
Jafari said on Oct. 10 that if not for Hamedani, Damascus was gone long ago, adding Syrian government and people are indebted to Hamedani.
Hamedani was reportedly killed by the "Islamic State" (IS, aka ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Tehran has always expressed support for the government of the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The Islamic Republic views the Syrian regime as its main strategic ally in the region and as a part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies the accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only provide military consultation to the Syrian forces.
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