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The commander of an elite unit of the Iranian "Al-Quds" General Qasem Soleimani, who, according to press reports, the two recently flown to secret talks in Moscow, played a key role in planning the Russian military action in Syria.

It was his first visit to the Russian capital urged the country's leaders about the need to air strikes on Syrian territory in support of the regime of Bashar Assad, writes Newsru.com citing informed sources told Reuters.

According to the agency's Western General at a meeting in Moscow "unfolded a map of Syria" and explained Russian colleagues, "a series of failures of President Bashar al-Assad may become in using Russia's victory." At the meeting, General outlined the deteriorating situation in Syria because of the promotion of the rebels to the Mediterranean coast, where Russia is a naval base in Tartus.

"Soleimani unfolded on a table map of Syria. Russian were very concerned about and understand the real dangers to the Assad regime. The Iranians have assured them that there is still an opportunity to rectify the situation," - leads the agency words of his source.

"At that moment Sulejmani convinced them that all is not lost," - he added.

Russia and Iran, according to Reuters, planned their operation for several months. It was about the application of the Russian Air Force strikes on rebels in Syria with the participation of air and Iranian security forces on the ground. Agency sources emphasize that Iranian general has controlled the land operations against the rebels in Syria, and now participates in the development of the "new Russian-Iranian operations," the agency wrote.

How to tell the agency of three high-ranking source in the region, Soleimani trip in July was preceded by the Russian-Iranian high-level consultations, during which the parties came to a political agreement on the need to intensify support for Assad. Another source told the agency that the decision of the joint Iranian-Russian military support Assad was taken at a meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a few months ago.

"Soleimani appointed Khamenei responsible for the Iranian part of the operation, traveled to Moscow to discuss the details. Since then he has also traveled to Syria several times", - said the official.

In September, the Lebanese newspaper "As-Safir" claimed that in the early months of the commander of an elite unit of the Iranian "Al-Quds" Qasem Soleimani second time recently visited Moscow. The publication refers to information of a source of Arab and suggested that Russia and Iran have agreed to work together on the territory of Syria.

"According to Arab sources, the Iranians and Russian reached a common vision," - said the publication of the material.

Then also it reported that soon in Syria were to begin delivery of attack helicopters Mi-28 "Night Hunter", armed with anti-tank rockets "Storm" and "Attack." According to the "As-Safir", Damascus expected to receive 20 of these helicopters, the Russians agreed to in the coming months to deliver to Syria eight Mi-28.

The publication of the Lebanese publications mentioned and the presence near the Syrian Latakia at least seven Russian tanks T-90 "Vladimir" and artillery pieces. An article about the proposed visit to Russia Soleimani was posted on the front page of the Lebanese newspaper. It is believed that the "As-Safir" has supported Assad and reliable sources in Tehran. Iranian military of "Al-Quds", according to Reuters, President Assad support at least since the beginning of 2014. In the summer of 2015 the press wrote about desantirovanii in Syria 15 thousand Iranian soldiers who allegedly landed at Damascus and Latakia (it is said, in particular, the material of the Middle East News Agency Albawaba).

In August, Fox News Channel, citing data from the first Western razvedkisoobschil Qasem Soleimani proposed visit to the Russian Federation. Topics discussed at the meeting is not known. However, the remarkable fact remains that Soleimani is included in the black list of the United Nations because of the suspicion of involvement in the development of Tehran's nuclear program, and travel outside of Iran it is forbidden. Thus, if Russia really took Soleimani, it is a violation of UN resolutions.

As reported by the "Observer", 30 September, the Federation Council in closed session authorized the use of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria.

After that, Russia has demanded from the United States, to US planes "immediately" left Syrian airspace.

The same day the Russian attacked the Syrian province of powerful air strikes, which killed dozens of people.

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