Report: Iran Sending Troops to Syria, Seeks Front With Israel

YERUSHALAYIM -

Iran has plans to back up its anti-Israel rhetoric of recent weeks with deadly action by sending troops to shore up the Syrian regime and possibly open a front against Israel on the Golan Heights.

Iran urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to retaliate for Israel’s recent air strikes on weapons targets near Damascus.

Iran will send 4,000 Revolutionary Guard troops to Syria to help Assad put down the rebellion, The Independent reported on Sunday.

The decision to send soldiers was made last week, prior to Friday’s Iranian presidential election.

The Independent quoted pro-Iranian sources as saying that Iran’s strategy for shoring up the regime includes a proposal to open up a front against Israel on the Golan Heights.