Top Iranian commander denies changes in number of revolutionary guards serving in Syria
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
A senior Iranian military commander has said that the number of personnel from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) deployed in Syria has neither decreased nor increased.
"There is no particular change in the presence of the IRGC in Syria," Fars news agency quoted Hossein Salami, deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, as saying Nov 11.
He further added that the Syrian army's operation aimed at taking over the city of Aleppo will continue until it achieves its goals.
The Syrian army, backed by the Russian Air Force, IRGC and Lebanon's Hezbollah, launched a massive operation, dubbed "Muharram", on October 15, aimed at taking control of Aleppo.
Iran denies that it has deployed soldiers to fight in Syria, and says it only provides the Syrian army with military advisers.
Tehran has always expressed support for the Syrian government, since it views the Assad regime as its main strategic ally in the region and part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel.