Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei praised the bravery of Iranian combatants who lost their lives defending the holy shrines in Syria.
The Ayatollah made the remarks when meeting with the families of a number of Iranians who attained martyrdom in Syria.
The meeting which took place on January 25 was published on the Ayatollah’s exclusive website on Saturday.
The Supreme Leader said these martyrs enjoyed an exceptionally honorable position for the reason that they sacrificed their lives to defend holy shrines of the Prophet’s household which are located in Iraq and Syria.
They deserve extraordinary merit also for the reason that had it not been for their zeal and patriotism, the enemy would have progressed into Iranian territories and people had to fight them inside the country, the Ayatollah said.
The Supreme Leader went on to note that these martyrs were particularly to be respected as they lost their lives in a land not their own.