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Iran has no military presence in Syria: Defense Minister
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:34AM
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As the military attaches of other countries are present in our country, our military attaches are also present in Syria, Lebanon and other states."

Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi

Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has rejected claims that the Islamic Republic has troops in Syria.


We don’t have a military presence in Syria, Vahidi said Wednesday, adding that Iran has only military attaches in the Arab country, which is a normal convention.

“As the military attaches of other countries are present in our country, our military attaches are also present in Syria, Lebanon and other states,” Vahidi said.

The Iranian official also warned against a military attack against Syria and said such an attack would set the region ablaze.

“I deem it unlikely that the opponents of Syria would launch a military attack on this country, since the military strike on Syria will set the region on fire. Therefore, if they think wisely they will not attack Syria,” he added.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals.

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