DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. March 7, 2017, 1:22 PM (IDT)
“Some 2,100 martyrs have been martyred so far in Iraq or other places defending the holy mausoleums,” according to Mohammad Ali Shahidi, head of Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs, speaking at a conference on martyrdom culture in Tehran. The figure was more than double the number he gave in November, which referred only to Syria. The “mausoleums” refer to the Shiite holy sites targeted by Sunni extremists.
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