Assad denies Iranian forces present in Syria, only “advisers”

Syria’s Bashar Assad, in his first mention of the Iranian military presence in his country, told the Russian RT outlet Thursday that there are no Iranian troops in Syria, only military advisers – “which we don’t conceal.” He also claimed that not a single Iranian was killed in Israeli attacks on bases in Syria. “All the casualties were Syrian,” he insisted. Most of the interview was taken up with a comparison of US and Russian policies in Syria. Assad called US policy “dangerous and stupid,” while Russian policy, he said, had saved the day.

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10 thoughts on “Assad denies Iranian forces present in Syria, only “advisers”

  • May 31, 2018 @ 12:42 at 12:42
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    Self-evident lies. Even Russians and Iranians admit the presence of Revolutionary Guards on syrian soil and casualties among them and their iranian officers.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 12:45 at 12:45
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    Lies for Iranian people consumption.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 15:44 at 15:44
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    Bashar is like his grand master Putin a pathetic liar. Hezbollah and Iranians are the only remaining boar’s snout Bashar still has. The SAA is a phantom army, all of Bashar’s manpower is already built up by Shia militia from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and “Gruppe Wagner” russian mercenaries.

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    • May 31, 2018 @ 16:18 at 16:18
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      Bashar and his father have killed more Syrians than Israel has killed Palestinians (by far) and yet the world never seems to care.

      DON’T EXPECT ISRAEL TO TREAT ITS “ENEMIES” BETTER THAN ISLAM TREATS ITS “FRIENDS”.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 15:51 at 15:51
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    Assad also said that he’s selling his beachfront property in Baghdad and donating all proceeds to the UN.

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    • May 31, 2018 @ 16:21 at 16:21
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      He actually does have beautiful beach front property on the Mediterranean. He and his whole Alawite clan live in luxury along the coastline. Notice how this area has not been touched by the war or mentioned by most humans. Assad, like his father, is nothing more than a petty dictator willing to sacrifice his people to secure his gains.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 16:39 at 16:39
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    @Mike
    Bashar is a cynical machiavellist like his master the vampiric Putin. Unfortunately with their hypocrite narratives they can even influence naives (from the left to the right) in the West who then tell “we have to find a solution with Assad”.
    Bashar has administered Jihadism in Iraq after the 2003 intervention like a godfather of jihadism.
    And as 2011 the turmoils started itself in Syria he opened his dungeons and the jihadists were released in order to provoke the sectarian conflict in the syrian war theatre in which Bashar positioned himself then as the “secular and moderate” player.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 17:06 at 17:06
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    bashar should pay for its liars!!!!!!!

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 17:50 at 17:50
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    DEBKAFILE, please stop the insinuating lies, and take note there is absolutely categorically and completely doubtless no Iranian military presence in Syria! Our ayatollah said it from long before “no military, only some advisers here and there”.

    The advisers are organized in Squads of around 10 advising persons, 3 to 4 squads forming a Platoon of advising persons, 3 to 4 platoons together forming a Company of advising persons, and 3-4 companies form a Battalion of advising persons, in total less than 800 advising persons, with a colonel advising these advising persons.

    General Soleimani is there only to provide advice for battalions grouped in brigades of advising persons.

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  • May 31, 2018 @ 20:55 at 20:55
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    He won the war, something west and israel can’t believe would happen, but it happend and he now rules everything out as he wish

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