TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid announced that Iran’s military advisors are present in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine to provide those nations with necessary military recommendations.
“Some of our commanders are in the field to give military advice to the Iraqi army, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance movement,” Major General Rashid said, addressing a conference attended by a group of senior military commanders in Tehran on Saturday.
On Friday, Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan reiterated the country’s readiness to provide the regional countries’ armies with strategic assistance against enemies.
The commander underlined that Iran has peaceful relations with its neighbors and is ready to help them against threats if they ask for our help anytime.
Iranian commanders and officials on several occasions have ruled out the military presence of country’s forces in the neighboring countries, including Iraq.
Last month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham rejected claims about the presence of Iranian forces in Iraq to help the country’s government in the fight against terrorists.
Afkham strongly rejected the alleged presence of Iranian forces in Iraq and made clear that Iran has not dispatched any troops to Iraq and has no plan to do so.
Meantime, she said Tehran is closely monitoring developments in Iraq.
Late in June, Iraqi Ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majid al-Sheikh rejected certain media claims about the presence of Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
The US Wall Street Journal in a report in June claimed that Tehran has sent two elite units of its IRGC to Iraq to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) terrorists – an Al-Qaeda offshoot.
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