Iranian commander vows retaliation over Khan Tuman clashes
A high-ranking Iranian commander has promised retaliation against opposition armed groups in Syria for a recent deadly assault on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which claimed the lives of at least 12 Iranian troops.
Deputy Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri also said that the country may consider prisoners swap with the IS terrorist group (ISIS,ISIL, Daesh) in future, ANA news agency reported.
He further added that there are several prisoners affiliated with the IS in Syrian prisons.
Dozens of Iranian forces were killed and wounded in a recent attack launched by an alliance of Islamist insurgents to take control of Khan Tuman, a strategic village near the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Some Iranian sources have suggested that about six Iranian forces were also captured by the Islamic insurgents following the attack.
Propaganda videos and photographs published by the insurgents confirm that at least two Iranians were surrendered to the opposition groups in Syria.
Following the attack, insurgents published several videos and photos depicting the corpse of pro-Assad forces in the village of Khan Tuman.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad suffered heavy losses as insurgents seized Khan Tuman Village in southern Aleppo on May 6.
Several Iranian officials have promised to retaliate against the attack on Khan Tuman since the insurgents captured the strategic villages over two weeks ago.
Iranian officials have constantly confirmed that the IRGC provides the Syrian army with advisory support in fight against the terrorist groups.
At least 250,000 people have been killed in the Syrian crisis with hundreds of thousands displaced over the past five years since crisis sparked in the Arab country.