“Iran is just extending humanitarian aid to Syria,” Afkham was quoted as saying by Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency on Wednesday.
Echoing Afkham’s denial, Fars report also quoted a 2013 statement by the IRGC public relations director, Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif, that Iran “is only present in the country at the level of military attaches to transfer its defense experiences to the defenders of Syria.” (Fars News Agency, 10 June)
Iran is giving us new definitions of “humanitarian aid” and “military attaches.” In Syria, for example, the Iranian version of military attaches number in hundreds; deploy and lead the operations of thousands of Hezbollah and other foreign Shia militias; direct military operations centers in different parts of the country; operate heavy military equipment and UAVs; etc. They are probably doing it for humanitarian purposes, as Ms. Afkham would say.
File photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham (Mehr News Agency)