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HATAY, Turkey — The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Sunday the elite force have troops on the ground in Syria providing “non-military” assistance and warned Iran might defend Syria if attacked from abroad.
"The IRGC is giving intellectual help and even financial assistance but there is no military presence,” said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, leader of Iran’s Islamic Military Guards Corps, in a rare public press conference in Tehran, as reported by local media."I say specifically that if Syria came under military attack, Iran would also give military support but that totally depends on the circumstances.”
In Aleppo, opposition fighters have long accused Iran of providing ground troops, in particular trained snipers, to suppress the uprising in a battle that has claimed over 27,000 lives.
Mohammed Yusef of the Noor Den al-Zenke battalion who were key fighters in the battle in Salah al-Deen’s infamous street 15, said his group found the bodies of around 20 Iranian fighters after they were killed in a bomb blast.
The group said the appearance, particularly clothing and documents in Persian found on the bodies, confirmed their identities. The group also claimed to have heard Persian being spoken between government snipers over short range radio frequencies in the Salah al-Deen district, however to their knowledge no Iranian prisoners had been captured in the area.
TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (MNA) - The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on Sunday that he thinks Iran will quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if the country’s nuclear facilities come under attack.
"In case of an attack, Iran's obligations will change. My assessment is that Iran may leave the NPT,” Mohammad Ali Jafari said.
However, the major general said it would not mean that Iran will develop nuclear weapons “because we have a religious decree from the Supreme Leader" against atomic weapons.
The IRGC chief also said in the case of an attack by Israel, Iran would close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, and would target U.S. bases in the Middle East.
TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (MNA) – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has said that if Israel attacks Iran, IRGC missiles will leave nowhere intact in Israel and nothing will remain of the country.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari made the remarks during a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.
He also stated that Iran would reconsider its nuclear commitments if international organizations cannot prevent Israel from carrying out its military threats against the Islamic Republic.
“Iran’s nuclear capability is at an acceptable level, and such actions cannot deal a serious blow to it. But if international organizations cannot prevent the Zionist regime from taking such an action, Iran will reconsider its commitments in this regard, and the situation will change,” Jafari said in response to a question by an Associated Press correspondent about the possibility of Israel launching a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“But it does not mean that we will move toward developing nuclear weapons,” he added.
TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (MNA) – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on Sunday that Muslim people in regional countries will undoubtedly join Iran if the Islamic Republic comes under attack by Israel.
“If any war happens between Israel and Iran it will be in fact a war between Islam and infidelity… and undoubtedly Muslims in the world will not remain silent and will rush to Iran’s help,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told a news conference.
Jafari added, “Two factors are important for us in countering the Zionist regime. The first factor is missiles in our disposal and the second factor is Muslim forces in regional countries.”
TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (MNA) – The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on Sunday played down threats of military attacks against Iran by Israel and the United States for its nuclear program, saying these threats are more of a “soft” kind intended to achieve political gains.
Mohammad Ali Jafari expressed hope that threats against Iran would not be of military kind otherwise the IRGC along with other forces would respond to them strongly.
“Today’s threats against the revolution and the system are more of a soft kind and ‘half-hard’ and we hope that the threats would not be hard and physical, (and) if they were (real) Sepah along with other forces were ready to counter them,” Jafari told reporters in a press conference.