4,000 Iranian IRGC Troops Heading To Syria, More To Follow
The Independent on Sunday has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran – even before last week’s presidential election – to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years. Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad’s regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic’s security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new ‘Syrian’ front on the Golan Heights against Israel.
This would be the first time that Iran has openly sent troops to Syria although for months now we have known of Basij operating in Syria as well as iranian-backed lebanese and iraqi militias. Even Yemeni Houthis are in Syria fighting. The Syrian civil war has become something much bigger and much older. Its now a religious war. A centuries old fight. Shitte muslims are being drawn to jihad in Syria while the Sunnis too are rallying the cause. Right now, the shia are winning and have the momentum. -Mort