An Iranian commander has confirmed that four members of army’s elite forces were killed in Syrian clashes.
The army’s ground force members were killed while repelling a large-scale attack of the Al-Nusra Front and “Takfiri” terrorists to the south of Aleppo province, the Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said, Tasnim news agency reported Apr. 12.
During the clashes, several tanks and armored personnel carriers of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group were destroyed and over 200 terrorists were killed, Pourdastan said.
He added this is only a part of the efforts of the Iranian army alongside with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in protection of the holy shrines and defending the ideological borders of the Islamic Republic.
Pourdastan also said a number of Iranian army ground force members from various units, including the Special Forces known as the 65th Brigade, are in Syria for advisory mission.
Iranian media outlets reported Apr. 11 that Iran’s Army for the first time lost its members in clashes in Syria.
Earlier in April, Brigadier-General Ali Arasteh, an Iranian Army commander, said the Army has deployed a group of its commandos in Syria to provide advisory support for President Bashar Assad’s army in the fight against terrorist groups.
Iranian officials have constantly confirmed that the IRGC provides the Syrian army with advisory support in fight against the terrorist groups.
The Islamic Republic views the Syrian regime as its main strategic ally in the region, as well as a part of the “axis of resistance” against Israel.
Tehran has always expressed support for the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.