Thousands of Iranian troops have reportedly arrived in Syria to take part in a ground offensive against insurgents around Aleppo.

Aleppo is the largest city in Syria with a population of 2.1 million. It won the title of the “Islamic Capital of Culture 2006”, and has also witnessed a wave of successful restorations of its historic landmarks, until the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011 and the Battle of Aleppo which resulted in severe destruction.

The Iranian Army is estimated to have 350,000 personnel, however it lacks significant power projection capability. It is understood that the Iranian forces in Syria will rely exclusively on Syrian military logistics.

According to Reuters, a Syrian official said:

“There is a large mobilisation of the Syrian army, elite Hezbollah fighters, and thousands of Iranians who arrived in stages in recent days.”

On Friday it was reported that a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was killed in Aleppo while advising the Syrian military.

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