Iran Revolutionary Guards Fight Islamic State in Iraq

(Reuters) Babak Dehghanpisheh - At least three Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been killed in Iraq since mid-June, a clear sign that Iran has ramped up its military presence in Iraq to counter the threat from Islamic State fighters. "When the Islamic State reached Shi'ite areas in Iraq, the Revolutionary Guards had forces there who fought them," said Mohsen Sazegara, a founding member of the Revolutionary Guards who is now a U.S.-based dissident. "A number of them were killed." A high-level Iraqi security official said several thousand Iraqi fighters were brought back from Syria and deployed under the Iraqi military. In addition, there are dozens of members of Lebanon's Hizbullah in Iraq.

2014-08-05 00:00:00

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