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      Iran Ready to 'Train' Syria Army, Says Commander

      Iran is ready to help "train" the Syrian army if Damascus seeks such assistance, said commander of Islamic republic's army ground forces.
      By Arutz Sheva staff
      First Publish: 5/5/2013, 2:23 PM

      Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walks among supporters
      Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walks among supporters
      Reuters

      Iran is ready to help "train" the Syrian army if Damascus seeks such assistance, the commander of the Islamic republic's army ground forces, General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, said Sunday, according to reported.

      "As a Muslim nation, we back Syria, and if there is need for training we will provide them with the training, but won't have any active involvement in the operations," he said in remarks reported by the official IRNA news agency.

      "The Syrian army has accumulated experience during years of conflict with the Zionist regime (Israel) and is able to defend itself and doesn't need foreign assistance," he added.

      His remarks came as a senior Israeli source said on Sunday that the Jewish state carried out an air strike near Damascus overnight, targeting Iranian missiles destined for Lebanon's Shiite Hizbullah movement.

      "The target was Iranian missiles which were destined for Hezbollah," he told the AFP news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.

      Iran has remained a steadfast ally of President Bashar al-Assad's regime throughout the Syrian conflict, which according to figures released by the United Nations, has killed more than 70,000 people since it erupted in March 2011.