Eight Iranians, two of them Revolutionary Guards forces, have been killed in Syria in recent days after Tehran increased its advisory missions to help Damascus, a guards spokesman said Friday.

“Today, two of IRGC’s Ansar forces were martyred in Syria. Reports of the martyrdom of 15 people are wrong,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted General Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for the IRGC, as saying.

“Abdollah Bagheri Niaraki and Amin Karimi were martyred in Syria while protecting a religious site near Aleppo.”

Niaraki, who for a while was the bodyguard of former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was killed in Thursday.

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