Jailed Iranian guard in Syria appears in video appealing to Qassem Soleimani
Syria-based militant group Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front, released a video on Saturday showing a prisoner who identifies as a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
According to the video, the Iranian guard was captured in a 2016 battle in Aleppo.
He appeals to IRGC’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who has become known as prominent figure in Iran’s foreign military missions in Iraq and Syria.
"My condition is critical and I am no longer strong because of my injuries," the Iranian guard says in the video, calling on Soleimani to facilitate his release.
He said he had served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards for 29 years.
In 2016, al-Nusra Front entered a fierce battle against Syrian regime forces and militias loyal to them, including Iranian fighters, in Aleppo.