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Iran Admits to Sending Troops to Help Syria

Updated on August 29, 2012

Up to now, Iran has claimed it has little to do with helping Syria. Intelligence seems to differ on this and the Iranian government was surprised when its own Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, General Abnoush, openly stated: " Today, we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war, a military on in Syria."

The admission caught the Iranian government off guard. As the war grinds on and on, Syrian resources are being depleted and Iran has been sending in elite soldiers to train and fight with Assad's army. Iran first sent troops in late July. Even so, Iran seems to be playing it safe- not sure which side will win. So, while they send troops to help Assad fight the rebels, they also are talking with the rebels and offering to be a mediator. Despite this approach, experts state Iran really wants Assad to succeed for their own reasons not because they are warm buddies. Iran's goal is to unite all Shiites from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria to thwart Israel, its vowed enemy.

Iran has already send hundreds of IRGC and Basij militia to Damascus and are replacing low level Syrian soldiers who defected to the rebels. Also, military aid and construction money has flowed into Syria from Iranian companies.

There was a time, a long time ago, when the Syrian uprising had started when Iran told all foreign nations not interfere in Syria and their own government remained undecided. Proof that Iran cannot be trusted. Now, consider what they say about their nuclear weapons program.

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      Jim 

      6 years ago

      Right, and if the Turks allow the French and possibly other countries to operate out of Turkey, it would be logistically easier than Libya.

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      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Basically, intervention would comprise of a no-fly zone, which is a start.

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      Jim 

      6 years ago

      The French had Rafales in Libyan airspace prior to the U.N. vote. They were prepared to act without U.N. support. I suspect that if there is intervention in Syria, the French will likely lead the way again. They don't possess nearly the military power of the U.S., but their military isn't over-extended and beat down from over a decade of war.

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      William Grant 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have no faith in the French, I'm sorry to say.

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      perrya 

      6 years ago

      The French have recently been pressing for intervention.

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      William Grant 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I can't imagine israel helping one side or the other and the US probably won't do anything until after the election and we're broke, so a sustained involvement is pretty much out of the question. If someone somehow gets it past congress, the US is going to implode economically. Some fairly smart people are saying that will happen anyway.

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      perrya 

      6 years ago

      There is more chatter about some sort of outside intervention since Iran has now openly made the admission.

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      William Grant 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      That's the first goal that I've heard of that Iran has a chance of succeeding with. I'm thinkin they'll go with the rebels in the end. They've got all the advantages except field logistics (which Iran can help with) and they'll be more open to advice from Iran on what sort of government should be set up after the war. Right now, I think they're just hedging their bets.

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