-Amid the intensifying crisis in Syria, which in recent weeks has
seen massacres of the civilian population in various parts of the
country, Iranian military, propaganda, and economic assistance keeps
flowing in, and its aim is to help President Bashar al-Assad survive.
Iran views the confrontation in Syria as a critical battleground with
the West regarding the reshaping of the Middle East and its own role
in the region as a key, vital and influential player.
-At present Hizbullah weapons are serving – under Iran’s command – as
part of Assad’s apparatus of violent repression. Esmail Ghani, deputy
commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force (IRGC-QF), is
the most senior Iranian military official so far to have revealed its
activity in Syria. In an interview to the Iranian Students News
Agency (ISNA), he acknowledged that elements of the IRGC-QF have been
involved in Syrian events.
-This marked the first time a senior IRGC-QF commander had confirmed
reports by Syrian opposition elements and Western sources about
active involvement of elite units of the IRGC-QF, together with the
Syrian army, in violent repression of the protests. The opposition,
especially the Free Syrian Army, sometimes presents testimonies of
direct Iranian involvement in the fighting and publishes
interrogations of Iranian prisoners and Hizbullah operatives, as part
of its online information campaign, along with documentation such as
confiscated passports and identity papers. Iranians and Hizbullah
operatives have been captured in the main centers of fighting
including Homs. In their confessions they admit that they belong to
the IRGC-QF and were sent to put down the disturbances in Syria.
-Iranian assistance to the repression of the Syrian uprising, which
has included consultation as well as guidance in the “field,” began
shortly after the protests first erupted. This aid was already
reported by Iranian opposition elements, who claimed that the
repression in Syria was being carried out by a Syrian contingent of
the IRGC-QF that had been operating in the country, and had been
responsible over time for military, intelligence, and logistical
assistance to Hizbullah in Lebanon.
-In a May 29, 2012, press briefing, U.S. State Department spokeswoman
Victoria Nuland pointed to Iran’s involvement in the Houla massacre,
linking the Qods Force to the incident and implicitly to other
incidents in Syria as well. She noted the great similarity in
structure and operational methods between the Shabiha forces that
stood behind the massacre, according to various testimonies, and the
Basij, the volunteer arm of the IRGC-QF.
Amid the intensifying crisis in Syria, which in recent weeks has seen
massacres of the civilian population in various parts of the country,
Iranian military, propaganda, and economic assistance keeps flowing
in, and its aim is to help President Bashar al-Assad survive. Iran
aided Assad in withstanding the waves of protest as soon as they
erupted, and it is now backing him and advising him on how to
overcome an existential crisis that put to the test the two
countries’ strategic alliance.CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE REPORT