Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Syria crisis: Fighting rages around Damascus – live updates

• France urges opposition to form provisional government
• Helicopter crashes in flames over Damascus
• Heavy death toll reported in capital

Brian Whitaker
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 August 2012

Iran 'fighting in Syria'

A commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard appears to have given the first public acknowledgment that the Islamic republic is militarily involved in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Today we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war, a military one in Syria and a cultural one as well," Gen Salar Abnoush, commander of IRGC's Saheb al-Amr unit, told volunteer trainees in a speech Monday.

The comments, reported by the Daneshjoo news agency, which is run by regime-aligned students, couldn't be independently verified. Top Iranian officials had previously said the country isn't involved in the conflict.

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