Following a meeting with the Syrian president in Damascus Iran’s high-level security delegate said that his country would consider sending troops to Syria if requested.
“If this issue is requested by Syria we will consider it and make a decision,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran’s national security and foreign policy committee told the media. “We are serious about fighting terrorism.”
Ahead of a major offensive by Syrian forces against the northern city of Aleppo this week, media reports suggested the deployment of Iranian ground troops in Syria.
A report by Sputnik International said that thousands of personnel had traveled from Iran to Syria to participate in the battle for Aleppo.
But Iran’s foreign ministry rejected such reports Wednesday, saying that Tehran has only sent military advisors to Syria.
Iran has been the main backer of the Assad regime since the start of the civil of war in that country in 2011.
Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani, a top Iranian military commander was killed in the outskirts of Aleppo last week.
In Damascus Boroujerdi said that Iran would continue its military support for Syria and Iraq.
“We have sent arms support and advisors to Syria and Iraq and will consider their other requests, too,” he said at a press conference.