The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite “Quds Brigades” – Major General Qassim Suleimani – has reportedly traveled from the Latakia Governorate’s northeastern countryside to the Al-Safeera District of southern Aleppo in order to observe the first phase of the large-scale offensive in the Azzan Mountains.
Major General Suleimani did not travel alone to Aleppo – he was escorted by a large convoy of armored vehicles that were largely made up of Iraqi Shi’i militiamen; these aforementioned fighters have been tasked with carrying out the planned offensives around the Aleppo Governorate’s countryside.
According to a senior officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside the provincial capital of the Latakia Governorate, Major General Suleimani traveled to Syria on Monday night to meet with the Iranian and Russian military advisors overseeing the large-scale operations around the Aleppo Governorate’s rural terrain.
The source further added that Major General Suleimani did not travel to Syria by himself; instead, he was joined by six other senior military officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Recently, western publications have reported on the alleged arrival of Iranian soldiers to the Syrian port-city of Tartous; however, sources close to Al-Masdar News have confirmed this news to be incorrect – they added that no Iranian reinforcements have been sent to Syria in three months.