Iranian Commander Killed in Airstrike By Israel

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( – The recent airstrike near Damascus, Syria, reportedly carried out by Israel, has resulted in the death of a significant figure from Iran, Sayyed Razi Mousavi. Mousavi was a senior adviser in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a key component of Iran’s armed forces. This information has been widely reported, including by Reuters, which cited confirmation from three security sources regarding Mousavi’s role in strengthening the military bond between Iran and Syria.

Iranian state television interrupted its regular schedule to broadcast news of Mousavi’s death, highlighting his long-term involvement with the IRGC in Syria. Mousavi was known for his close connections with Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq in 2020.

Hossein Akbari, the Iranian ambassador in Damascus, stated on state television that Mousavi was acting as a diplomat in the embassy and was tragically killed by Israeli missile fire while returning home from work.

In response to the killing, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi condemned the act as a manifestation of Israel’s desperation and weakness in the region, promising repercussions. The IRGC echoed these sentiments, asserting that Israel will be held accountable for this “crime.”

Nasser Kanaani, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, affirmed on state TV Iran’s right to retaliate for this attack at an appropriate time and place. Amid these tensions, it was also reported that Iran released animated footage depicting the assassination of Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The backdrop to this event is the ongoing pattern of Israeli attacks targeting Iran-affiliated groups in Syria, a strategy Israel has been implementing for several years. Iran’s presence and influence in Syria have grown considerably since it started supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, which erupted in 2011. Recently, Iran disclosed that two IRGC members, also serving as military advisers, were killed in Syrian territory due to Israeli strikes earlier this month.

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