Iran's Revolutionary Guard Fighting in Syria: Quds Force Backing Bashar al-Assad Against Uprising
The deputy head of Iran's Quds force has let slip in an interview that Iranian troops are operating in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Iran's long-suspected involvement in the repression of Syrian protestors was confirmed when, speaking with the country's semi-official Isna news agency, Ismail Gha'ani said: "If the Islamic Republic was not present in Syria, the massacre of people would have happened on a much larger scale." The unguarded comments were later removed from Isna's website. The West has long accused Iran of providing military and technical support to Assad to quell the 15-month-old uprising in Syria. The unintentional disclosure by Gha'ani seems to have proven those suspicions to be correct, despite Iran's denials to the contrary.
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