Over the last five months, Iran has deployed several thousand soldiers (Iranian, Iraqi, Afghani, Azeri, and Pakistani fighters) to Syria’s coastal provinces of Tartous and Latakia in preparation for a large-scale assault that is reportedly supposed to start in the coming weeks.
However, the recent death toll reported from southern Aleppo suggests the presence of Iranian and Iraqi soldiers has increased exponentially, as 31 soldiers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Iranian-backed “Fatimeyyoun Division” (predominately Afghani) have been confirmed “killed-in-action” (KIA) during their perilous journey to this volatile province.
It has been a very difficult week for the Iranians inside Syria, due to the high death toll that rivals the number of killed during the Dara’a Triangle offensive in March of this year.
According to a number of Iranian journalists, 16 Iranian nationals have been killed since October 24th inside the Aleppo Governorate; this number includes 6 officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
On Thursday, one Iranian officer was reportedly killed in southern Aleppo while advising the civilian-led “National Defense Forces” (NDF) – he was identified as Hussein Jamali of the Saberin Special Forces Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The Iranian Army’s Central Command has not hidden their casualties; instead, they have honored them with religious ceremonies and honorable funerals for those men killed in Syria.
These Iranian casualty figures are likely to increase in the coming weeks, as the IRGC, and the Iraqi and Afghani paramilitary fighters intensify their operations in northern Syria.
The Iranian casualties in the month of October:
- 3rd Lt. Hussein Jamali (Saberin Special Forces Brigade)
- Hajjat Asghari Shebyani (Basij Brigade – IRGC)
- Mahdi Ka’eini (unknown brigade)
- 2nd Lt. Moslem Nasr (33rd Airborne Special Forces Brigade)
- Mohammad Reza Asghari (unknown brigade)
- Captain Abuzar Amjadian (unknown brigade)
- Jabar Araghi (unknown brigade)
- 2nd Lt. Pouya Izadi (8th Najaf Ashraf Armored Division)
- 2nd Lt. Hamid Reza Da’el Taghi (8th Najaf Ashraf Armored Division)
- Sajed Taherniya (Basij Brigade – IRGC)
- Sayyid Ruhollah Imadi (unknown brigade)
- 3rd Lt. Mohammad Zahiri (Saberin Special Forces Brigade)
- Sayyid Milad Moustavi (Basij Brigade – IRGC)
- Mustafa Sadrzadeh (Fatimeyyoun Division)
- Reza Khavari (Fatimeyyoun Division)
- Amin Karimi (Ansar Al-Mahdi Corps)
- Abdullah Bagheri (Ansar Al-Mahdi Corps)
- Hadi Shojaei (Basij Brigade – IRGC)
- Mohammad Estekami Jahromi (33rd Airborne Special Forces Brigade)
- Reza Damroudi (Basij Brigades – IRGC)
- 2nd Lt. Hassan Ahmadi (8th Najaf Ashraf Armored Division)
- 1st Lt. Komeil Ghorbani (8th Najaf Ashraf Armored Division)
- Mahdi Al-Doust (17th Ali Ibn Abi Talib Battalion)
- Mahdi Karami (154th Hazarate Ali Akbar Commando Battalion)
- Majid Sanei (161st Imam Hussein Battalion)
- Nader Hamidi (unknown brigade)
- Col. Moslem Khizab (14th Imam Hussein Ya Zahra Battalion)
- Rasoul Pourmorad (Basij Brigade – IRGC)
- Col. Hamid Mokhtarband (1st Hazrat Hojjat Brigade)
- Col. Farshid Hasounizadeh (Saberin Special Forces Brigade)
- Brigadier General Hussein Hamidani (IRGC)