Iranian soldiers march during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 17, 2015. (File photo: AFP)
Trend: Iran-backed militias’ death toll in Syria soars
The number of fatalities among the Iranian-backed forces in Syria has reached 2,100, a senior official says.
Seyed Mohammad Ali Shahidi, the head of Iranian foundation of martyrs and veterans affairs, has said that 2,100 “shrine-defenders” have been killed in Syria, Mehr news agency reported.
Iranian officials describe those Iranian, Afghan and Pakistani troops deployed to Syria and Iraq to back Damascus and Baghdad in fight against terrorists and armed opposition groups as “shrine-defenders”.
Seyed Mohammad Ali Shahidi last November put the death toll at 1000.
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Update: Official admits 2,100 Iran fighters killed in Iraq, Syria (AFP)
WNU editor: Iran lost tens of thousands of soldiers during the Iran-Iraq war .... 2,100 in their eyes is just a drop in the bucket.