Friday, October 9

Islamic State kills top Iranian commander Hossein Hamadani in Syria

An Iranian Revolutionary Guards general has been killed near Aleppo, where he was advising the Syrian army on their battle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, the guards said in a statement.
The Guards on Friday said General Hossein Hamadani was killed on Thursday night and that he had "played an important role ... reinforcing the front of Islamic resistance against the terrorists".
Iran is the main regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and has provided military and economic support during Syria's four-year-old civil war.
Iran denies having any military forces in Syria, but says it has offered "military advice" to Assad's forces in their fight against "terrorist groups".
Hamadani was a veteran of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and was made deputy chief commander of the elite forces in 2005.
'Iranian troops in Syria'
In the biggest deployment of Iranian forces yet, Reuters news agency reported last week that hundreds of troops had arrived since late September to take part in a major ground offensive planned in west and northwest Syria.
Iranian politician Esmail Kosari said Hamadani helped coordination between Syrian armed forces and the voluntary forces in their fight against ISIL.

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