Iranian official says at least 400 fighters killed in Syria

2016-08-14 10:34
A Syrian soldier flashes the V for "victory" sign as he mounts a machine gun in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula. (File, AFP)

A Syrian soldier flashes the V for "victory" sign as he mounts a machine gun in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula. (File, AFP)

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Tehran - Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the families of at least 400 people killed fighting in Iranian brigades in Syria have been referred to the Martyr Foundation, which offers financial support to the relatives of those killed fighting for Iran.

The Saturday report quotes the head of the Martyr Foundation, Mohammad Ali Shahidi, as saying that Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard announced the number of fighters killed, saying that around half of them were Afghan.

It is the first time that an Iranian official has indicated how many people have been killed fighting in Iranian militias in Syria.

Iran has provided military and political backing to President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war. Afghan Shi’ites, some of whom live in Iran, have been fighting alongside Iranian fighters in Syria.

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