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Top Iranian general prevented Assad from leaving power: agency

Local | 2018-02-11 16:01:00
Top Iranian general prevented Assad from leaving power: agency
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Once again, the Iranians have resumed highlighting their pivotal role in Syria and reminding all that they prevented the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad. 

The news this time comes from a different outlet as an official in the Diagnostic Regime Service in Iran, the country's highest ruling advisory body, brought new details to light.

Zaman al-Wasl reviewed a report published by the Iranian Mehr agency in which Ali Agha Mohammadi revealed that al-Assad was about to leave power entirely and leave the palace, but Iran dissuaded him from this decision and pushed him to hold on to his position.

Mohammadi reported that the Major General Hossein Hamedani, who was killed in Syria in 2015, had returned from Damascus to Iran at one point to inform the leadership that al-Assad was determined to leave power and leave the palace where he was trapped.

Mohammadi said, “the martyr Hamadani told Bashar al-Assad that he should not worry, and that he should allow the distribution of arms to 10,000 civilians as they will keep the threat at bay after they are organized.”

Hamedani was the most senior Iranian military officer to be killed in foregin mission in 36 years since the 1979 Islamic revolution. He was killed by rebels in Aleppo in 2015.

Mohammadi said, “Commander Hamedani recruited 80,000 Syrian militants, and the intervention of Hezbollah also, which made the [Syrian] army stronger, and today we see that the Syrian army was able to shoot down a Zionist aircraft.”

Iranian officials have been repeating statements that attribute al-Assad's steadfastness and survival to them alone, without caring to mention the hundreds of thousands of pro-regime supporters who have been killed or wounded to keep al-Assad in power. Regime supporters see Tehran's words as scorning them and the sacrifices they have made, and highlighting the debt they own Iran in a provocative manner.
Zaman Al Wasl
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