Sunday, September 16, 2012
Left: General Jafari, who acknowledged Iranian presence.
"Members of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are in Syria providing non-military assistance, and Iran may get involved militarily if Syria comes under attack, the group's commander said on Sunday.
The statement is the first official acknowledgement from a senior Iranian military commander that Iran has a military presence on the ground in Syria, where an uprising has left tens of thousands dead since it began 18 months ago.
Western countries and Syrian opposition groups have accused Iran of providing weapons and expertise to Syrian armed forces and have suspected an Iranian military presence inside the country, accusations which Iran has previously denied."