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Newspaper report: Iran will send 4,000 troops to aid Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria
The Independent on Sunday newspaper says it has learned that a military decision has been taken in Iran – even before last week's presidential election – to send a first contingent of 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad's forces against the largely Sunni rebellion that has cost almost 100,000 lives in just over two years.
Iran is now fully committed to preserving Assad's regime, according to pro-Iranian sources which have been deeply involved in the Islamic Republic's security, even to the extent of proposing to open up a new 'Syrian' front on the Golan Heights against Israel.
Robert Fisk, the journalist who wrote the report, said there is only one man who can make such decisions in Iran - the Supreme leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei.