Reports: More than 40 Iranians now killed in Syrian war

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The number of Iran’s military casualties in Syria has risen to more than 40, Iranian news agencies said Tuesday after the reported deaths of three Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the war-torn country.

Some reports claim that Iran has at least 2,000 troops deployed in Syria to protect and support the government of embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran’s presence in Syria has reportedly increased since Russia began waves of airstrikes against ISIS and local forces opposed to Assad.

Iranian local news agencies reported the number of casualties at 44 Iranians on Sunday.

Mohamad Husseinkhani, Ismael Siratnia, and Musa Jamshidian were among the elite Revolutionary Guards who were reported dead Sunday.

Ali Akbar Welayati, senior adviser to Iran’s leader, has recently pledged Iran’s political and military supports for Assad.

“Syria has always been an ally to Iran and Iran also feels responsible for protecting its interests outside the borders,” Welayati said.

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