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Iran sends hundreds of fighters to back Assad in Syria, says Israel

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 DarkKnightNomeD    2,078

Iran sends hundreds of fighters to back Assad in Syria, says Israel

By Times of Israel staff September 10, 2015, 5:41 pm


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‘Unprecedented’ deployment of Revolutionary Guards forces said to be carried out in coordination with Russia, which is also sending in troops

Iran has deployed hundreds of fighters in Syria, unprecedentedly deepening its involvement on behalf of President Bashar Assad in the Syrian civil war, Israeli security officials said Thursday.

The officials, who briefed Israeli reporters, said several hundred fighters from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps have taken up positions around the western Syrian village of Zabadani, north of Damascus, in the last few days. The high ground in that area, close to the Lebanon border, overlooks the Damascus-Beirut highway, and potentially controls large parts of Lebanon. Were Islamic State forces and other opponents of Assad to hold control there, they would also potentially be able to target Alawite forces loyal to Assad concentrated along the Syrian coast, Channel 2 reported.

The move is seen by Israel as a dramatic escalation of Iranian involvement in the Syrian civil war, the sources said. Iran has previously sent military advisers to help Assad, and the Iran-armed Lebanese Hezbollah militia has been fighting alongside Assad and sustaining significant losses.

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