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October 14, 2015 8:25 pm

Under Russian Cover, Iran Sends Troops to Syria

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Iranian forces are joining the battle against Syrian rebels and in favor of the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iranian forces are joining the battle against Syrian rebels and in favor of the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Iran has sent hundreds of troops to Syria in its first open deployment of forces to the civil war-torn country. Iranian forces are joining fighters from Iran’s ally and the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah in a likely battle against Syrian rebels and in favor of the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. The forces are benefiting from cover due to Russia’s air strikes on the country.

A Syrian official and activist who spoke on condition of anonymity reported that about 1,500 Iranian fighters began arriving in Syria about two weeks ago when the Russian air strikes began, and more are arriving in recent days. Additional Hezbollah fighters have also been arriving. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed on Wednesday that Iranian troops are arriving in Syria.

Russia claims that it is trying to stop the Islamic State terror group in Syria, but this is being disputed by Syrian rebels and Western officials, who say the air strikes are taking place in parts of the country where the Islamic State has little presence. The arrival of additional Iranian and Hezbollah fighters seems to show that Russia’s main goal is to protect Assad’s regime.

“Sending more troops from Hezbollah, and Iran only increases the shelf life of the Syrian regime, which is destined to end,” said Maj. Jamil Saleh, the leader of the CIA-backed Free Syrian Army faction Tajammu Alezzah, according to the Associated Press. “It will only add more destruction and displacement.”

 

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  • Al Horvath

    As an American who has always supported Israel I watch the developments in Syria with amusement. American Jews voted overwhelmingly (70%+) for Obama twice and would do so again if given the opportunity. Obama in turn has screwed Israel. Soon there will be tens of thousands of Iranian QUDS forces on the Golan Heights. Hezbollah, which has been rearmed with modern Russian weapons, including at least 75 tanks, will mass on the Lebanese border with Israel. Hamas will also receive weapons and will face Israel at the Gaza border. Simultaneously, the Palestinians will rise. Obama, will call for more diplomacy.

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