Iran Foreign Minister Denies Reports of Iranian Troops in Syria

© AFP 2022 / ATTA KENARE Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (unseen) give a press conference at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport following their arrival on July 15, 2015, after Iran's nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers in Vienna
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (unseen) give a press conference at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport following their arrival on July 15, 2015, after Iran's nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers in Vienna - Sputnik International
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that there are only Iranian military advisers in Syria.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Only Iranian advisers are currently present in Syria, not military personnel, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Last week, media reports emerged claiming that Iranian troops were present in Syria.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the New York University (NYU) Center on International Cooperation in New York - Sputnik International
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"Wrong. We haven’t changed the nature of our presence in Syria. It continues to be military advisers, and no more. Actually, I checked, and I made sure that this was the case," Zarif said in an interview with the New Yorker magazine, published Tuesday.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to the country's President Bashar Assad fighting opposition factions and numerous extremist groups, including Islamic State (ISIL) and the Nusra Front.

Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq agreed in September to cooperate on security and intelligence sharing and set up the Baghdad Information Center to coordinate efforts in countering ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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