Israeli security sources confirm Iran has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Syria, stationed north of Damascus
Iran’s commander of its Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has reportedly deployed hundreds of Iranian soldiers to Syria. The deployment comes at the same time that Russia has deployed military personnel and fighter jets to a coastal base in Latakia.
The Russians are reportedly preparing to send thousands of Russian military personnel in the coming weeks.
According to the Israeli military source, the deployment is “due to Assad’s crisis and under Russian-Iranian cooperation as a result of a meeting between Soleimani with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
Soleimani flew to Russia mid-July despite a EU travel ban. He reportedly met with Putin to complete its S-300 missile system as well as discuss regional cooperation. Last week both Russia and Iran confirmed the completion of the arms purchase, the missile system to be delivered later this year.
The source stated “It’s hard to forecast whether Russia’s presence will decide the fate of Syria, but it will lengthen the fighting and bloodletting for at least another year because ISIS won’t give up.”
Iran has reportedly placed hundreds of fighters north of Damascus over the past few days.
Iran continues to support Assad’s regime in the region, alongside Hezbollah and Russia.