An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the Iraq-Syria border someday between Saturday and Sunday, Iraqi safety and native militia officers stated on Monday.
They might not verify the identification of the commander, who they stated was killed alongside three different males travelling in a car with him.
The car was carrying weapons throughout the Iraqi border and was hit after it had entered Syrian territory, two Iraqi safety officers individually stated.
Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary teams helped retrieve the our bodies, the 2 officers stated, with out elaborating or giving the precise time of the incident.
Native navy and militia sources confirmed the account, though Reuters was unable to confirm independently that an Iranian commander had been killed.
The incident got here simply days after Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran in a killing that Iran has blamed on Israel.
Israel launched air raids in opposition to what it known as a variety of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria final week, signalling that it’s going to pursue its coverage of placing Iranian targets within the area as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to depart workplace.
Iraqi officers worry a conflagration forward of President-elect Joe Biden taking workplace as a result of he’s seen as much less confrontational with Iran than the Trump administration.
Iran-backed Iraqi militias are nonetheless reeling from the U.S. assassination of Iranian navy mastermind Qassem Soleimani in January and their Iraqi chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and have vowed revenge in opposition to the USA.
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