‘Iranian Hulk’ Joins Anti-Islamic State Fight in Syria

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A man known on social media as the “Iranian Hulk” and the “Persian Hercules” for his monstrous muscles will reportedly join Iran’s Shiite troops, who are fighting the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The Washington Post (WaPo) reports:

An Iranian weightlifter who rose to Internet stardom via social media announced this week he plans to travel to Syria to fight the Islamic State alongside the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sajad Gharibi, nicknamed “the Iranian Hulk,” revealed his plan to join other Iranian forces fighting in Syria in a video clip to his 148,000 Instagram followers. His shockingly huge physique and massive muscles earned the professional weightlifter the moniker of the American comic book superhero.

The Persian behemoth weighs nearly a staggering 350 pounds.

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Gharibi, the Iranian Hulk, announced he would defend besieged mosques in Syria, reports Khaama Press (KP).

Citing media reports, KP notes, “Gharibi is able to lift loads of up to 175kg (386lb) and his Instagram reveals he has Hulk-like 64cm (25 inch) biceps and regularly power lifts.”

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“I have always said and will say that I will be a soldier for my country,” says Gharibi in Farsi in a video posted on Instagram, according to WaPo.

The “Iranian Hulk” also declares that “he looks up to [the notorious] Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, a special forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

Gen. Soleimani has been linked to the death of U.S. troops.

In the video, which is also posted on Gharibi’s Telegram channel, “He says he plans to start training after Ramadan for two to three years before presumably heading to Syria — a telling recognition of how intractable Syria’s conflict may be,” notes WaPo.

Russian air support and Iranian-backed Shiite troops, including members of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and the Islamic Republic’s elite Revolutionary Guards, have kept the Syrian regime afloat. The Shiite armed groups are fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Iran has been relatively quiet about its involvement in Syria, notes WaPo, adding, “However, as more Iranian troops and Revolutionary Guard commanders have been killed, it has become more common for Iranian media to discuss the country’s role in the Syrian war.”