Iranian Army rejects organized deployment in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi dismissed his forces’ organized presence in Syria, saying that only some army men have been dispatched to the country among other volunteer military advisors.

“The Army has no responsibility to render advisory services to Syria and there is an organization in Iran which adopts the related measures,” General Salehi told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

“We, in the Army, are facing a large number of forces who love to be sent to this front (in Syria) but have never claimed that Brigade 65 of Nohed (Special Airborne Forces) is present there,” he said

“A number of volunteer forces have been dispatched to Syria which may consist of some members of the Brigade 65,” General Salehi added.

He, meantime, underlined that Iran helps those Muslim states which have been attacked by enemies.

His remarks came after certain Iranian media outlets had mistakenly quoted a senior commander that the Army has dispatched a number of its commandos to Syria to help the war-hit country with advisory assistance against terrorism.

“Brigade 65 of Nohed (Special Airborne Forces) is a part of the Ground Force and we send its soldiers as well as other units as advisors to Syria,” Tasnim website quoted Deputy Chief Liaison of the Army Ground Force General Ali Arasteh as saying on April 4.

He, meantime, explained that the dispatch of advisers from Iran is not merely confined to the Commandos of Brigade 65, adding that the brigade’s advisors have already been deployed in Syria.

Iran is providing Iraq and Syria with military advisory and humanitarian aid in their fight against terrorist groups.

Also in March, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani said Takfiri terrorism threatens all Muslims, and Iran has waged war on those terrorists that trade enslaved women and children.

“The fire of Takfiri and Takfirism has engulfed in homes of our Sunni brothers. Those behind this are under the illusion that they can bring Shiism and the Islamic Republic to their knees. More than anywhere else, Takfiri groups have targeted the sanctity of humanity and the Sunni world,” General Soleimani said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran.

General Soleimani then asked those behind the smear campaign to question Iran’s policy in its ongoing war on terror, “Is it adventurism if the Islamic Republic makes sacrifices to defend Muslims? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to battle a group that in just one region is buying and selling some 20,000 unfortunate enslaved young women? Is it wrong for the Islamic Republic to stand against the anti-Muslim current and stop the demolition of Mosques and Muslim holy sites?”

His remarks came after Iraqi Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Mahdi Ameen al-Bayati said the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has sold more than 5,000 women and girls from Iraq’s Izadi Kurdish minority in their slave market.

By Fars News Agency