Iran confirms sending of its elite army forces to Syria

Iranian Army's elite forces namely "the 65 Nohed Airborne Brigade" has deployed a group of its commandos in Syria to provide advisory support for President Bashar al-Assad's army in fight against terrorist groups, an Iranian commander said.

Brigadier-General Ali Arasteh, an Iranian Army commander, has said that in addition to the brigade, other units of the army have also deployed forces in Syria, Tasnim news agency reported.

Iranian officials have constantly confirmed that the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) provides the Syrian army with advisory support in fight against terrorist groups. However, this is the first time that reports have broken regarding the involvement of Iranian Army forces in Syria.

Recently, the Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, has advanced in fight against the IS terrorist group (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) after recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra.

According to media reports Syrian army has launched offensives targeting IS-held towns including al-Qaryatain and Sukhnah.

Observers suggest that Russia's six-month air campaign as well as Iran's military support for Syrian army in fight against terrorist groups have had a key role in turning the tide of the five-year conflict in the Syrian government's favor.

More than 250,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis with hundreds of thousands displaced since crisis sparked in the country.

Source: Trend