Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad

The Independent: Iran proposes Golan front against Israel; rebels call on new Iranian President to stop support of Assad.

June 16, 2013 09:09
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IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

Iran will send 4,000 Revolutionary Guard troops to Syria to fight alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, The Independent reported on Sunday.

The decision to send soldiers to Syria was taken last week prior to

Iran has been Assad's most staunch supporter and has admitted in the past that Revolutionary Guard forces were active in Syria, helping the regime in its fight against rebels.

Upon news of Rohani's victory in the Iranian presidential election, the opposition Syrian National Coalition called on the new Iranian leader to drop the Islamic Republic's support for Assad.

"For more than two years of the Syrian revolution, the Iranian authorities have stood against the aspirations of the Syrian people by continuing to support the criminal Assad regime politically, militarily and economically," AFP quoted the group as saying in a statement.

The Coalition urged Rohani to "reform Iran's position... before it is too late," according to AFP, adding that "the will of the Syrian people is invincible and will not fail because of outside intervention."

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