According to an April 23 report by Mehr News Agency, which is affiliated with the Iranian regime’ Intelligence Ministry, Khamenei’s advisor on international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati met with the Syrian ambassador to Tehran to discuss a range of regional issues including the latest developments in international negotiations regarding the Syrian crisis.

Velayati said that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the sovereignty and independence of Syria and considers the rule of Bashar al-Assad to be lawful.

Tehran is extensively involved in the Syrian Civil War as the main supporter of the Assad regime.

Although the mullahs’ regime insists on supporting Assad, heavy casualties and a critical public response to the ongoing operations are causing problems for the mobilization of forces, even among foreign mercenaries including Afghans living in Iran. This has forced the regime to deploy units of army commandos from the 65th Nohed Brigade, in addition to the previously deployed Revolutionary Guard forces.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi spoke on the presence of the army, Revolutionary Guards, and its foreign operations Qods Force division in Syria on April 24. He indicated that Iran’s own domestic security was dependent upon the success of its missions abroad. 

“Today, these dear ones have gone 2000 kilometers away to fight the enemy,” Alawi said, according to Fars News Agency. “Had we not confronted it there, then we would have confronted it in Kermanshah, Ilam and Hamadan. Today, we owe our security in the Islamic Republic to the martyrs of the shrine.”

The Iranian regime has declared that its armed forces and mercenaries are in Syria to defend the sacred shrine of Zeinab and it calls those killed there martyrs for the defense of the shrine. This is despite the fact that most of the regime’s forces have been killed in Aleppo province hundreds of kilometers away from the shrine.

Maryam Rajavi, the president of the Iranian Resistance, said in an interview with the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat on April 17 that the mullahs’ regime in Iran would collapse once Syrian dictator Assad is toppled.