Members of Iran’s Basij militia march during a parade in Tehran.
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The crowd carried the coffin past posters which showed Shirkhani in the green uniform of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and identified him as a colonel.Shirkhani did not die in a battle inside Iran.Shirkhani's death deep inside Iraq shows that Iran has committed boots on the ground to defend Iraqi territory. Iran, with deep ties both to the Iraqi government and to several Iraqi Shiite militias, stepped in to stop it.Senior Iranian officials have denied that any Revolutionary Guard fighters or commanders are inside Iraq. But prominent politicians and clerics in Iran have been rattled by the rapid gains of ISIS and the threat it poses, not only to the Iraqi government but to Iran itself.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged his government's support to help counter the threat posed by ISIS if the Iraqi government requested it.Iraqi government forces and Shiite militia swiftly mobilized and have so far succeeded in defending it.The presence of the Iranian Guards in Iraq also comes after months of committed military support from the Quds Force in Syria.
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