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Report: Iran Withdrawing Special Forces From Syria as Tensions With Russia Intensify

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Iran is pulling its IRGC forces out of Syria after tensions rise with Russia. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Arab media reports indicate that tensions between the two countries are intensifying over operations in Syria. Photo: Wikipedia.

Iran has started to withdraw its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces from Syria, the Saudi-aligned London-based daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

Among the reasons for the retreat cited in the report is the heavy losses suffered by Iran during the two months since Russia has begun conducting military operations there.

According to the report, one Free Syrian Army officer claimed that tensions between the Russians and Iranians have been mounting, due to near-daily casualties incurred by the latter, purportedly as a result of the former’s pushing for increased ground operations. The officer said he learned of this while eavesdropping on their communications.

Reports have also been circulating that the commander of the IRGC-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, was seriously wounded during a battle in Aleppo.

In addition, citing Iranian media sources, Al Arabiya reported recently that four IRGC members were “erroneously” killed in a Russian airstrike this week.

Iran has long been backing the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the years old civil war plaguing the country that has now left hundreds of thousands dead.

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  • Rick

    If they think their losses are heavy now, just wait until after the Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Iran vs Russia.

    Great idea for a comedian’s skit.

  • Langley

    correct solution. Iran to pull the chestnuts out of fire for Russia. Russia wants to fight in Syria – please

  • Ronald Bushnell

    This was certainly inevitable. What is now quite apparent, is Iran cannot politically withstand its position of destroying other muslims; while trying to balance on some factional line. As well, Russia certainly recognizes the future threat of what has been the “Islamic weapon,” fortified and manipulated by the west for many decades; where some would say the ultimate objective was the detriment and dissolution of Russia itself. As we move forward, recognizing that the previously utilized Islamic weapon has grown too powerful in the contemporary world of instant communication; we must also recognize the indispensable role of Russia and the combined efforts of the world to bring the objectives of Islamist under the rule of world law through reformation. That is to say, Islam in its current form, is a fundamental threat to all of the citizens of the world that wish to live in equality under the rule of established World Law, and the separation of church and state. Russia is now in a position to provide protection to Israel and other states in the event that the conflict evolves to the point that the people of Iran and other states, wish to throw off the yoke of Islam and a religiously controlled state from within – with the support of the citizens of the world.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    Only a dead Iranian terrorist is a good Iranian terrorist !

  • Ludo

    I hope the adds get less aggressive, otherwise I ban this website.

  • Iran,pakistan, india, china and afghanistan along with turkey have formed the heart of asia group. Since Mahatma gandhi wanted the caliphate after the first world war and Yasser arafat brought the Simla accord between Pakistan and india , they have formed a new group. hence the relation between Iran and russia cannot be smooth

  • steven L

    This was expected even for an ignorant like me!!!
    Isn’t Islamism a major threat to Russia?

    • sey mour

      Sunni Muslims are the big threat to Russia and they periodically commit atrocities in response to Russia’s atrocities. In those areas freed of the old Soviet yoke only about 5% of Muslims are Shiite. Iran is over 90% Shiite with about 8% Sunni and small communities of Christians and Jews who are generally thriving.