The Iraq Syria border crossing

Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said killed in strike at Iraq-Syria border

The drone attack on the vehicle carrying weapons across the Iraqi border comes a day after the assassination of Iran's chief nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh near Tehran that was attributed to Israel's Mossad

Agencies, Ynet |
Updated: 12.01.20 , 07:48
An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the Iraq-Syria border sometime between Saturday and Sunday, Iraqi security and local militia officials said on Monday.
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  • According to a report from al-Arabiya News which cited Iraqi intelligence sources, senior commander IRGC Muslim Shahdan was killed in a targeted drone strike on his car.
    מעבר גבול איראן עיראק אל אבו כמאל אבו-כמאל אל קאיםמעבר גבול איראן עיראק אל אבו כמאל אבו-כמאל אל קאים
    The Iraq Syria border crossing
    (Photo: AP)
    The incident came just one day after Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran in a killing that Iran has blamed on Israel.
    טקס הלוויה של מדען גרעין מוחסן פחריזאדה ב טהרן איראןטקס הלוויה של מדען גרעין מוחסן פחריזאדה ב טהרן איראן
    The funeral of slain Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Israel launched air raids against what it called a wide range of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria last week, signaling that it will pursue its policy of striking Iranian targets in the region as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to leave office.
    Iraqi officials could not confirm the identity of the commander, who they said was killed alongside three other men travelling in a vehicle with him.
    The vehicle was carrying weapons across the Iraqi border and was hit after it had entered Syrian territory, two Iraqi security officials separately said.
    כלי הרכב שהושמדו בתקיפה בעיראקכלי הרכב שהושמדו בתקיפה בעיראק
    Aftermath of a drone attack on Iranian backed forces on the Iraq Syria border last year
    Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups helped retrieve the bodies, the two officials said, without elaborating or giving the exact time of the incident.
    Local military and militia sources confirmed the account, although Reuters was unable to verify independently that an Iranian commander had been killed.
    The officials fear a conflagration ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office because he is viewed as less confrontational with Iran than the Trump administration.
    Iran-backed Iraqi militias are still reeling from the U.S. assassination of Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani in January and their Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and have vowed revenge against the United States.

    First published: 07:42 , 12.01.20
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