Quds Force commander says Syria needs to impose Iran’s will

Ismail Qaiana was quoted as saying that 2016 would be a resolute year in Syrian civil war

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A senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps al-Quds Force has said that the year 2016 would be a resolute year in Syrian civil war.

Deputy Commander of al-Quds force, Ismail Qaiana, was quoted as saying in a speech in Tehran that “this conflict needs sacrifice,” according to ISNA news agency.


Qaiana is the deputy of Major General Qassem Suleimani, the Quds Force commander and head of Iranian strategy in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

He added: “In Syria, we need competent commanders to impose the resolve of the Iranian regime over our rivals,’ in one of the most direct statements that reflect the Islamic Republic objectives in Syria.

Qaiana’s statement echoes those of Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Commander of the IRGC, who was quoted saying last month: “Iran is the one to determine Syria’s fate, major powers are obliged to negotiate with Iran to ascertain the future of the countries of the region including Syria.

Jaafari claimed that the “defenders of the holy shrines” will continue the fight until the achievement of the goals of the Iranian revolution in the region.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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