Iran Confirms Military Advisers in Syria, Lebanon

Iran Confirms Military Advisers in Syria, Lebanon | Will deployments suck Iran into Syrian Civil War

Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari has confirmed that Iran has “high-level” military advisers in both Syria and Lebanon at the moment, also suggesting that Iran might deploy troops into Syria in particular if attacked.

The “advisers” deployment is an age-old method for a nation to get sucked into a war, with several historical examples of “advisers” coming under attack and being used as a pretext for escalation, notably the US military advisers in South Vietnam, which eventually snowballed into a massive war across Southeast Asia.

Iran’s confirmation seemed tentative, perhaps fearing that they will get drawn into a war in this case, and the Iranian Foreign Ministry denied Gen. Jafari’s statement, insisting no members of the Quds Force, of which Jafari is one of the top leaders, are in Syria or Lebanon.

Jafari qualified his own statements as well, saying that the advisers deployed were not “combat troops” but were there to pass experience to the Syrian military, contrasting that to overt military aid to Syrian rebels.

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  • MvGuy

    "The “advisers” deployment is an age-old method for a nation to get sucked into a war, with several historical examples of “advisers” coming under attack and being used as a pretext for escalation, notably the US military advisers in South Vietnam, which eventually snowballed into a massive war across Southeast Asia."

    More and more…. it looks like Vietnam II and it seem,s to be ……. snowballing into a massive war across ,middle Asia. Without any "advisers" excuse….. Will we lose the whole area as we bomb and drone innocent people and patriots like we did with Vietnam,….??? I venture YES…!!!!!

    • johnUK

      Or Iranian and Hezbollah advisors in Bosnia before major fighting broke out. .

      • Johnny_Warbucks

        Hey, John, who went to Bosnia first, Iranian and Hezbollah advisors or US and Israeli advisors? Inquiring minds wanna know, dude.

        • Nikkolas

          According to a book of fmr CIA operetive and his intereview done in Montreal CIA was sent 8 months before any clshes broke and they also had a tone of money given to Slovinian politicial elite for braking Yugoslavia.With full knoweledge of Clinton administration Iran hs supplied weapons to Bosnian Muslim army and one of the shils was sized by italina Navy 1993 in Trieste.

  • tom dee

    Why would Iran not want to get closer to the nation running around the globe yelling bomb,bomb,bomb. The closer Iran can get to Israel the greater the damage Iran can do if Israel bombs Iran. Effective missile intercept require the ability to identify then target an approaching rocket. If launch pad is close that expensive rocket intercept system of Israel will be useless. The system purchased by the USA for protect from the low teck Gaza rockets only hit one in five rockets. I suspect hitting military grade rockets probably will be much worse and especially if fired close in Syria or lebanon. The main attack force of Israel is the tank which is now useless in todays drone and rocket world. Attacking in a tank column should be thought of as a death wish.

  • Johnny_Warbucks

    Oh, the horror! Quick, call somebody…Iran has military advisers in Syria and Lebanon — unlike the US that has not only "advisers" but troops, drones, CIA hitmen, bases and bombs all over the entire Middle East…and the rest of the world for that matter. Can you say HUBRIS OF EMPIRE with a straight face?

  • Umm Abdullah

    Nothing new… Since the beginning, Syrians have been talking about seeing Farsi speakers involved there.

  • I fail to see what the relevance of this is. So Iran has advisers in Syria. And the US and Isreal are providing the resistance with weapons, money and manpower. Again, where is the problem?

  • Nikkolas

    USA advisers hepled to cleanse Kayina region of 250 000 Serbs which is matter of Court procedute in Chicago court.
    In same time USA drones from Islan Brach where supporting Croatian Army to defeet Serbs.Will be interesing role of Bill Clinton!