Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria

DUBAI Mon Nov 4, 2013 8:47am EST

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has been killed in Syria after volunteering to defend a Shi'ite shrine in Damascus, the Iranian Mehr news agency said on Monday.

Commander Mohammad Jamalizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the southeastern province of Kerman was killed in the last few days by "Wahhabi terrorists", the agency said, giving no more details.

The report could not be independently confirmed.

Jamalizadeh was a veteran of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and then served in anti-smuggling units. He did not travel to Syria for the IRGC, but volunteered to defend the Sayyida Zainab mosque in the southern suburbs of Damascus, Mehr said.

The area around the mosque revered by Shi'ites as the burial site of a grand-daughter of the prophet Mohammad has been the scene of heavy fighting.

Jamalizadeh's funeral is to take place on Tuesday in Kerman, capital of the province of the same name.

Western diplomats say Iran, an ally of President Bashar al-Assad, provides billions of dollars of aid and an undisclosed number of military advisers to Syria.

Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group openly acknowledges its guerrillas are fighting for Assad, but Tehran denies its troops have been engaged directly in combat in Syria.

"As we have said many times before, Iran has no battalions in Syria and only advisers are present to transfer their defensive experience to the defenders of that country," Sepah news agency quoted General Ramazan Sharif, head of public relations for IRGC, as saying on Monday.

Video footage seized and posted online by Syrian rebels in September showed armed Iranians in military uniform working on the front lines alongside Syrian government soldiers. Iranian media later reported that both the cameraman and the Iranian commander in the footage had been killed.

(Reporting by Marcus George; Editing by Jon Hemming and Alistair Lyon)

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Comments (5)
ItsMyOpinion2 wrote:
This is a blow to the Country of Iran and one less person interfering in a war they should not be in
the first place!

Nov 04, 2013 9:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
extreme wrote:
>> ItsMyOpinion2

He went there freely. How is that a blow to Iran? :O
I think US is getting it hardest then any country in the history in 2013. And of course they have never been involved in other people business at the other side of the world. LOL
Hail Snowden!

Nov 04, 2013 7:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
abounoor wrote:
Wahhabbi Muslim terrorist killed commander of IRAn revolutionary guard in syria while iran revolutionary guard and Hezbollah and Iraq shia abbas brigade are in Syria killing innocent woman and children. I must say the Iranian news agency is mighty confused who the terrorists are. Plus the revolution was over 35 years ago why do they still call themselves revolutionary guard isn’t it so that they can start revolution in other countries and if that’s what they like to do how come they supported every revolution from Egypt to libya to banhrain, and they stopped at Syria is it because Syria’s dictator is any different mmmmmmmm?

Nov 05, 2013 12:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
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