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US General: Iran has fewer than 2,000 troops in Syria

By Rudaw 28/10/2015
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Photo: AFP
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Photo: AFP

WASHINGTON DC—The United States military believes that Iran has fewer than 2,000 troops in Syria fighting alongside government forces, said a top US general Tuesday.

Reuters news agency quoted Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that in addition to its troops in Syria Iran also has more than 1,000 soldiers in Iraq.

"I think there's more than 1,000 that are on the ground in Iraq," Dunford said. "In Syria, we think the numbers are probably something less than 2,000."

Gen. Dunford said that the number of Iranian troops in Iraq has changed over time.

Hussein Salami, deputy commander in chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards told the media on Monday that his country has four levels of military presence in Syria: leadership, tactical, technical and operational.

According to Persian news reports, around 20 Iranian soldiers have been killed in Syria in less than a week, mainly near the city of Aleppo.

Deputy commander in chief Salami said that the cause of the rising death toll among his troops is their active participation in recent offensives.

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers and voluntary fighters have traveled to Syria in the last four years, calling themselves Defenders of the Zainab Shrine, an important Shiite religious site in Damascus.

Comments

 
James Parker
James Parker | 28/10/2015
Iran does not have many soldiers in Syria. However it has mobilized tens of thousands of foreign fighters to fight for Assad from other countries. In addition to Hezbollah Iran has sent shia militias from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Pakistan.
kurt basar | 28/10/2015
It is about time for USA to support the Kurds for to cross the pour-hat (Firat / euphrates) river and march toward the Afrin and let Turkish dogs bark as much as they want. And that will be end of the Salafi Muslim ISIl & al Nusra (Qaeda) savage criminals, who are supported by the fascist Turkey.
Flaminco | 28/10/2015
what's the point of stating the obvious exactly? Since the beginning of the conflic Iran has given Assad billions in aid and has sent thousands of it's Shia militias, paramilitary troops and revolutionary guards to fight for him. If it hadn't been for Iran Assad would've fallen a long time ago, everyone knows this, it's nice that the Americans are catching up.
Noushirvan | 28/10/2015
One thing is for sure if it wasn't for the Iranians in Syria and Iraq ISIS and Nusra would have finished off Asad by now and then march towards Iraq and Kurdistan. Now the rest of world is catching up to this reality.
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