Iran Sends Students, Cadets to Syria

Iran's troops are gaining combat experience in Syria.

Just a year and a half ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shamelessly denied that Iran had sent any troops to fight in Syria even as one of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ top generals was killed in fighting in Aleppo. Six months later, Tasnim, a news portal affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard acknowledged that more than 1,000 Iranians had already died fighting in Syria. (So much for the honesty of the official in whom John Kerry put so much trust).

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Iran Sends Students, Cadets to Syria

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