An Iranian Revolutionary Guard colonel was killed in Syria's Aleppo on Tuesday, whilst fighting alongside Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad against Syrian rebels.
The colonel was identified as Mostafa Ezzatollah Soleimani, and his death comes as the latest Iranian casualty from the country's efforts to back Assad in the Syrian civil war.
Although Iran claims Iranian troops are not present currently on Syrian territory, many senior Iranian generals reported aiding Assad since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011.
Iran also remains a key ally to both Assad and the Lebanese Shiite force Hezbollah.
Hezbollah has been actively present throughout the civil war as well, fighting alongside Assad regime forces, also against rebels.
The exact number of dead Iranian soldiers and generals are yet to be revealed. Media reports suggest that dozens were killed only this year, fighting on Assad’s fronts.
In October alone, two senior Revolutionary Guard commanders, Guard, Gen. Farshad Hassonizadeh and Gen. Hossein Hamedani, were killed near Aleppo too.
Along with Iran, Russia is also an ally of Assad’s, while starting a momentous new chapter in the conflict with the military intervention that started on September 30.
The initial claim of the Russian military campaign over Syria was battling the rising Daesh terrorist group, however, in time Russia's intentions in Syria appeared only to be protecting Assad regime and its withering authority.
Since the beginning of the four-year war in Syria, more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed, mainly by the Assad regime, whilst half of the country’s population is displaced internally or in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq.
More than 350,000 Syrians have also claimed asylum in Europe.