Maj. Gen. Hussein Hamedani. File photo
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QAMISHLI – A top Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander who oversaw the military operations of al-Quds Force in Syria has been killed in fighting against the Islamic State group (ISIS), media sources reported on Friday .
“An (IRGC) war veteran commander, providing military counseling services to the Syrian forces in their fight against the Takfiri terrorists, has been killed while defending the Shiite holy sites in the Muslim country,” the Iranian Fars News Agency quoted a top official of the IRGC as saying.
“IRGC commander General Hussein Hamedani was martyred last night,” the source said on Friday.
Hamedani had been killed by “members of the ISIS terror group” in Aleppo’s northern outskirts, according to the source.
In September 2014, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Gholam Ali Rashid announced that Iran’s military advisors are present in the friendly regional states to provide those nations with necessary military recommendations.
Iran is a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has provided military and economic support over the past four years of war in Syria.
Commenting on the killing of the Iranian commander, media activist Mohammed al-Faleh told ARA News in Aleppo that Azaz area witnessed fierce battles between Islamist rebels and the Iranian militias loyal to Assad.
“Rebels were able to raise the revolution’s flag over the castle of the city (Azaz), after killing the Iranian Major General,” he reported.
Al-Falih also pointed out that as a result of the big losses suffered by the pro-Assad forces and allied groups on the ground in Aleppo, “huge rifts emerged among the pro-Assad forces recently, including liquidation at the level of leaders”.
“Without Assad’s barrel bombs and Russian air strikes, the power balance would have changed on the ground a long time ago because Assad’s army is in a state of frustration and no longer able to fight on the ground,” the Syrian opposition activist argued.
Maj. Gen. Hussein Hamedani is one of the founders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and one of the most prominent officers who survived the Iran-Iraq war and served as commander of Tehran guard. With the start of the Syrian crisis, Hamadani was transferred to Syria as deputy of Major General Qassem Soleimani.
Reporting by: Mir Yaqoob
Source: ARA News