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According to the latest edition of the DEBKAfile Iranian ground combat units involved in the Syrian Civil War not faring so well:
1. "Eight Iranian commanders killed this week in Syria"
"Iran's state-run media reported Saturday that eight Iranian commanders have been killed in Syria this week, including Brig. Gen.l Reza Khavari of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who was killed in battle against rebel forces."
"In fact, 15 commanders and members of the IRGC were killed this week in the fighting around Aleppo, after 5 Hizballah fighters died on Friday."
2. "Iran's elite Rev Guards units routed by ISIS in the Al Safira pre-battle for Aleppo"
"The battle for Al-Safira, 20 km. south of Aleppo - and the key to its capture - will go down in Iran's Revolutionary history as the most humiliating defeat its elite forces have sustained in all its 36 years. This week, Iran sent 2,000 of its best-trained, loyal and well-equipped combat troops, detached from six elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) units into battle at Al-Safira, which was supposed to be the turning point in the Syrian civil war. But they were driven back by ISIS amid heavy losses."
Combatants of the Islamic State ready, prepared, battle-tested and competent. Among ISIL there has been a Darwinian Selection process at work for some time. A survival of the fittest environment the product one very lean and mean troop. IRGC beware!