An Iranian Revolutionary Guards agency published on its website a “poster” with the names and photographs of 20 officers of the Revolutionary Guards that were killed in Syria during the October battles .
Tehran says it has been offering “military advice” to the Syrian army in its fight against Islamic State militants and other rebel groups, and that it has sent fighters only to defend Shi’ite shrines.
Sources told Reuters this month that hundreds of troops had arrived since late September to take part in a major ground offensive planned in west and northwest Syria, in the biggest deployment of Iranian forces yet.
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