At Least 400 Iranian Fighters Killed in Syria, Revolutionary Guard Reportedly Says

If confirmed, it is the first time that an Iranian official indicates how many people have been killed fighting in Iranian militias in Syria.

Iranian soldiers walk past coffins of two members of Iranian Revolutionary Guards who were killed in Syria, during their funeral in Tehran, Iran, October 28, 2015.
Raheb Homavandi, Reuters

AP — Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency reported on Saturday that the families of at least 400 people killed fighting in Iranian brigades in Syria have been referred to the Martyr Foundation, which offers financial support to the relatives of those killed fighting for Iran.

The report quotes the head of the Martyr Foundation, Mohammad Ali Shahidi, as saying that Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard announced the number of fighters killed, saying that around half of them were Afghan.

It is the first time that an Iranian official has indicated how many people have been killed fighting in Iranian militias in Syria.

Iran has provided military and political backing to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war. Afghan Shi'ites, some of whom live in Iran, have been fighting alongside Iranian fighters in Syria.