Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 11
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Army for the first time has lost its members in clashes in Syria.
Four army members including a commando were killed in Syria, becoming Iranian army's first casualty in the Syrian clashes.
Lt. Mohsen Ghitaslou, who was member of Iran army's elite forces namely "the 65 Nohed Airborne Brigade" is the first Iranian commando who was killed in Syria, ABNA news agency reported April 11.
Earlier in April, Brigadier-General Ali Arasteh, an Iranian Army commander, said that army has deployed a group of its commandos in Syria to provide advisory support for President Bashar al-Assad's army in fight against terrorist groups.
Iranian officials have constantly confirmed that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) provides the Syrian army with advisory support in fight against terrorist groups.
Over the past few years and since the crisis broke out in Syria, tens of the IRGC members have been killed in clashes with "terrorists."
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.