Iranian commandos take over elite Syrian army unit

Iran has transferred elements of its elite 65th Brigade to Syria. On arrival on Saturday Oct. 21, they assumed command of the Syrian Malik Ashtar commando brigade.

Tehran announced Saturday, October 21, that elements of its Special Operations 65th Brigade (which compares itself to US Green Berets), had been deployed to Syria to bolster the Assad regime’s depleted frontline forces. The transfer took place during Iranian Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri’s three-day visit to Damascus when a series of accords boosting their military cooperation accords were signed.
The 65th Brigade is one of four Iranian special operations outfits. It was the first regular Iranian military unit to be transferred to foreign soil, contrary to the Islamic Republic’s constitution. Until now, only Revolutionary Gards officers were deployed to Syria for command and training functions.
The new deployment was disclosed by Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, commander of the Iranian army’s ground forces. He reported that the capabilities of these Iranian commandoes were so advanced, that they immediately assumed command of the Syrian Malik Ashtar commando brigade.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that these Iranian troops are trained to operate behind enemy lines in small groups for capturing command posts, military positions and vehicles, before taking prisoners and bringing them back to Iranian-held terrain. They are also drilled for sabotage, such as blowing up bridges and strategic infrastructure deep inside enemy country. Iran’s 65th Brigade can act as a special counterterrorism unit.
The number of Iranian commandos transferred to Syria and their location were not disclosed.

The integration of Iranian special ops forces in the Syrian army has rattled the US command center in Jordan as well as Jordanian and Israeli military chiefs.  Apart from the northern province of Idlib, most of the main Syrian towns held by rebels or ISIS have fallen into the hands of the Syrian government, taken with the help of Hizballah and other pro-Iranian allies.

So what exactly is the function of the new Iranian arrivals?

Neither the US, Jordan or Israel is eager to see these new arrivals anywhere in their vicinity. Above all, their arrival is a blunt challenge to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who have declared repeatedly that Israel would not tolerate the deepening of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria and would take action to counter it.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

25 thoughts on “Iranian commandos take over elite Syrian army unit

  • Oct 23, 2017 @ 15:05 at 15:05
    Permalink

    Israel should have not started/supported the Syrian “civil war”. This is the consequence of their behavior.

    Reply
    • Oct 23, 2017 @ 16:14 at 16:14
      Permalink

      What an irresponsible and poisonous remark. Even a cheeseburger knows well that the Syrian masdacres stemmed from the Arab Spring, as well as the rirlgid authoritarianism of Bashar El Assad.

      Reply
      • Oct 24, 2017 @ 5:43 at 5:43
        Permalink

        Ignorant guy you are

        Reply
    • Oct 23, 2017 @ 16:31 at 16:31
      Permalink

      Right…Israel started their civil war…idiot.

      Reply
    • Oct 24, 2017 @ 0:01 at 0:01
      Permalink

      Pull your head out before you Troll….

      Reply
    • Oct 24, 2017 @ 0:24 at 0:24
      Permalink

      Muslim pig Nazi hater,,Bruce Lee pig,, go to hell to great pig muhammad

      Reply
      • Oct 24, 2017 @ 5:44 at 5:44
        Permalink

        Are you a pig that you see all are pigs?

        Reply
    • Oct 24, 2017 @ 2:47 at 2:47
      Permalink

      It wiped out the Syrian army. Very positive for Israel

      Reply
    • Oct 24, 2017 @ 4:06 at 4:06
      Permalink

      And your Mother should not have been a sharmouta

      Reply
  • Oct 23, 2017 @ 16:25 at 16:25
    Permalink

    The final push. War is ending. Next chapter?

    Reply
  • Oct 23, 2017 @ 17:41 at 17:41
    Permalink

    At some point Israel will act and finish off Syria. It has no choice as Iran will attack Israel if allowed the opportunity.

    Reply
  • Oct 23, 2017 @ 18:36 at 18:36
    Permalink

    The “Arab Spring” was part of a destabilization program. You have to follow the money to understand who was behind this and why.

    Reply
  • Oct 23, 2017 @ 20:12 at 20:12
    Permalink

    Israel must act. Iran and Hezbollah represent an existential threat to the State and to the future of the Jewish People.

    Reply
  • Oct 24, 2017 @ 0:05 at 0:05
    Permalink

    The Iranian Mad Mullahs are using the 150 Billion Dollars that Hussein Obama mindlessly gave them to spread their terror around the globe…

    Reply
    • Oct 24, 2017 @ 0:30 at 0:30
      Permalink

      You are not well informed. That as Iran’s money that was frozen in the states. Like the Russian properties were also ceased. In both cases, non is property of the US

      Reply
      • Oct 24, 2017 @ 1:37 at 1:37
        Permalink

        obozo the stupid and horseface kerry arranged bunches ansd bunches of funds to got o the CRAZY mullahs in iran. Compare these iranian special forces to the “GREEN BERETS” toliet paper they use maybe, BUT NOT OUR US forces. not even a close 3rd.

        Reply
        • Oct 24, 2017 @ 5:45 at 5:45
          Permalink

          Arrogant and ignorant

          Reply
      • Oct 24, 2017 @ 7:59 at 7:59
        Permalink

        oy vey what a moron your english sucks and your intelligence is south of a housefly.

        Reply
  • Oct 24, 2017 @ 4:09 at 4:09
    Permalink

    Bruce =Sharmouta’s son

    Reply
  • Pingback: Бригада элитного иранского спецназа во всеоружии переброшена в Сирию - Международные новости

  • Pingback: 10/24/17 | InnerCirclePress.com

  • Pingback: 10/23/17 | InnerCirclePress.com

  • Nov 2, 2017 @ 22:05 at 22:05
    Permalink

    Wait and see, I doubt they will do anything drastic on the Israel border. Especially since it would provoke the IDF. And the Iranians would not like to loose anymore military. Comando or special forces are a good match and are the standard for an IDF platoon of any unit.
    The training of a regular IDF infantry soldier is brutal, exhausting and deadly for the enemy. A regular IDF squad easily outguns any other squad in any other army, more ammo, more heavy weapons, and more intelligence. The IDF is a special standard by itself.

    Reply
    • Nov 12, 2017 @ 23:52 at 23:52
      Permalink

      “regular IDF squad easily outguns any other squad in any other army, more ammo, more heavy weapons, and more intelligence. The IDF is a special standard by itself.”
      This is the most ignorant sarcastic comment i ever read. Hello world as i remember when your so called brutal IDF Special special of the special special of the special elite unit was in MAROUN AL RAS south lebanon crying and shouting and thinking they were fighting 500 hizbullah troops. Turned out that 10 hizbuallah warriors from the siyaret ” Al radwan” did to egoz and golani and maglan units what a drunk russian man would do to a whore..
      Man..all your brutal blood drinking commandos hehe…will shake knees and shever if they are givin an order to enter the death trap called south lebanon. No israeli would commit this act of stupidity cause they know they will enter vertically and leave it horizantally.
      Now the entire USA special forces generals stood astonished infront of hizbullah capabilities in syria. As they know that the real deadly stealth force military unit in the world belongs to hizbullah. These rare warriors carries over huge experience in wars that they can easily outcome any commando units in any army. And as israelis know that their horror doll is hizbullah and will always be hizbulah.
      Lets not laugh on each other go to metacafe.com or youtube and search for hizbullah battles in syria. These warriors damaged an evil army called isis and wiped it out. An IDF incursion into south lebanon means that jewish boys will be forced to face hard boned brutal war loving highly experienced hizbullah men.
      Long live hizbullah. And an advise realy a real advise to israeli soldiars. If your leadership decided to ignite war with hizbullah it means that your goverment is willingly going to send you to suicide and certain death and delebretaly ripp off your freedom and take you away from your beloved onces to force you to face hizbullah and be victims of israeli stupidity.
      If you wanna die than come to lebanon if you want to live horror and a be trapped in a slaughter house come to lebanon.
      Dont let your government take away your lifes. Hizbullah after the syrian war is nothing but a blood thirsty war machine you will never ever be of any match.and there is a big possibility that you will all end up seeing your entire southern part of israel occupied by angry hizbullah militia men. Dont laugh and dont be ignorants..
      Which one of you can answer me this question
      If an israeli to elite unit called egoz suffered heavy casualties in “maroun al ras south lebanon” and its soldiars lost control of their feelings and started crying like women and pray to god to end this nightmare you think the entire IDF is classified as a prifessional army? Why do you want to fight hizbullah ?
      Dont you all know that if hizbullah wanted to invade south israel he would have done this years ago? You think the IDF air force will protect you? No guys you will never ever understand how is it to be in syria fighting isis demons.
      You will never understsnd the feeling the horror the terror of being in a firefight in syria it is all very complicated and hard for you to understand.
      Long live lebanon long live hizbullah.

      Reply
    • Nov 19, 2017 @ 15:30 at 15:30
      Permalink

      one should give it to them ,they are very successful fighting with unarmed children and women .

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Comments containing incitement, libel or offensive language are barred under DEBKAfile’s regulations

Your email address will not be published.

Font Resize
Contrast