Iranian men, including members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, during Gen. Hossein Hamedani’s funeral procession.
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A spike in the number of Iranian military officers killed in Syria has started a rare debate back home about the country's increased efforts to prop up President Bashar Assad.The past two weeks have seen the deaths there of one of Iran's best known generals, Hossein Hamedani, two colonels and nine other members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.Iran's ties with Syria are deep – Assad's late father, Hafez, when president sided with Iran against Saddam.Many of those taking to social media defend Iran's military action in Syria as necessary to stop ISIS.But others caution that were ISIS to reach Iran's borders, the country's best commanders would no longer be alive to lead the fight.Iran says its military role is advisory. But as the fighting against ISIS and anti-Assad rebel forces has intensified so has Iran's casualties.
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