Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carry the caskets of General Mohsen Ghajarian and other Iranian "volunteers", who were killed in Aleppo on 6 February 2016 (AFP)
Reuters: Death toll among Iran's forces in Syrian war passes 1,000
More than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran to Syria to back the government side in its civil war have been killed, an Iranian official said, underlining Tehran's increasing presence on front lines of the conflict.
It was a major increase in the reported death toll from just four months ago, when the Islamic Republic announced that 400 of its soldiers had died on Syria's battlefields.
Iran has been sending fighters to Syria since the early stages of the more than five-year-old war to support its ally, President Bashar al-Assad, against rebels and Islamist militants including Islamic State trying to topple him.
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Update #1: More than 1,000 combatants from Iran killed in Syria (AFP)
Update #2: 1,000 Iranian troops killed in Syria fighting: Official (Middle East Monitor)
Update #3: Iran: More than 1,000 combatants killed in Syria, says official (Middle East Monitor)
WNU Editor: This is higher than the 400 hundred that the Iranian government has been reporting in the past few months.