Iran's IRGC says Syria frontline is Islamic world's exercise ground
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The Syrian frontline is an exercise ground for mobilizing the Islamic world against enemies, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said.
The conditions in Syria, Iraq and Yemen are good and developments are in favor of the Islamic Revolution, Jafari said, Fars news agency reported March 28.
The IRGC commander further said that the "resistance" front's situation in Syria in fighting the IS terrorist group (ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) is "quite good."
The Islamic Republic views the Syrian regime as its main strategic ally in the region, as well as part of an "axis of resistance" against Israel. Tehran has always expressed support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Jafari also said that no changes were made in Russia's policy in Syria following the ceasefire, adding that Moscow's action go in coordination with the forces loyal to the Syrian government.
He noted that the forces loyal to the Syrian government have taken over control of the Tadmur (Palmyra) city, which indicates Russia's coordination with the Syrian government.
The Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove the IS group out of Palmyra on March 27, inflicting what the army called a 'mortal blow' to militants who seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples.
Western countries accuse Iran of running military operations in Syria, but Tehran denies these accusations. Iranian officials have repeatedly stressed that they only provide military consultations to Syrian forces.