WED 18 - 10 - 2017
 
Date: Mar 7, 2017
Source: The Daily Star
2,100 Iran fighters killed in Iraq, Syria: official
Agence France Presse
TEHRAN: More than 2,000 fighters sent from Iran have been killed in Iraq and Syria, the head of Iran's veterans' affairs office said Tuesday.

"Some 2,100 martyrs have been martyred so far in Iraq or other places defending the holy mausoleums," Mohammad Ali Shahidi told the state-run IRNA news agency.

Shahidi, who is head of Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs, was speaking at a conference on martyrdom culture in Tehran.

The figure was more than double the number he gave in November, which referred only to Syria.

Iran is, with Russia, the main military backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and also organises militias fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Shahidi did not provide details on the nationalities of those killed.

Iran oversees "volunteer" fighters recruited from among its own nationals as well as Shiite communities in neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The families of those killed in battle are given Iranian citizenship under a law passed last May.

Tehran refers to the fighters as "defenders of the shrines" -- a reference to Shiite holy sites in Iraq and Syria that have been targeted by Sunni extremists.


 
Readers Comments (0)
Add your comment

Enter the security code below*

 Can't read this? Try Another.
 
Related News
Raqqa battle over but crisis escalating, aid group warns
Daesh defeated in militants’ Syrian capital Raqqa
U.S. will help restore water, power to Raqqa after fall of Islamic State
Kurds face tricky peace in Raqqa
Daesh in Raqqa left with small arms: US coalition
Related Articles
Empower civil society to rebuild Syria
Dealing with depression regarding the Syria conflict
The U.S. faces hard questions of how and when to leave Syria
Evaluating ‘de-escalation’ in Syria and the Astana talks
Assad, Iran, Russia prepare to celebrate, but revolution persists
Editor In Chief & Webmaster : Nazih Darwish
Copyright 2017 . All rights reserved