Iran's Pivotal Role in Aleppo Massacres

(Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Iranian-led troops have been responsible for mass executions and attacks on civilians in Aleppo. Some 1,500 Iranian fighters from the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under the command of Qasem Soleimani have been deployed in Syria, mostly around Aleppo. In April 2016, additional soldiers from Iran's regular armed forces joined the fighting in Syria. Iran has recruited Afghani refugees in Iran to fight in Syria; the Fatemiyoun Brigade is trained inside Iran. Shia Pakistanis from Iran fight in the Zainebiyoun Brigade. The IRGC also directly oversees over 10,000 Iraqi Shia militiamen fighting in Syria, including the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia and the Kata'ib Hizbullah brigades. Iran's largest proxy, Lebanese Hizbullah, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in financial assistance from Iran, was a key leader in the most recent ground assault in Aleppo.

2016-12-30 00:00:00

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