A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards General, Hossein Hamedani, has been killed near Aleppo on Wednesday. The Guards said on Friday in a statement according to Reuters, the general was there in a mission of advising the Syrian army on their battle against ISIS militants.
Iranian Irna News Agency had affirmed the death of Brigadier General Hamedani in Syria saying - according to a statement by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards - the general was killed by ISIS.
Activists claimed that Hamedani was killed on the main road between Khanaser and Athreya by Syrian rebels. Khanaser, which is a confrontation line between regime forces and rebels, is controlled by regime forces and recently in September the regime had mobilized troops in the area - according to activists - preparing for ground offensive.
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Iran have been backing the Syrian regime and its leader Bashar al Assad since the civil war started in Syria in 2011. Ever since, the military and economic support to Syria have been provided by Iran, the main ally of Assad.
In 2005, Hamedani was made deputy chief commander of the elite forces, being a veteran of the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88.
Sources said hundreds of Iranian troops have entered Syria since last September to take part in a huge ground operation expected to be in the north and west Syria.
However Iran denies any military participation of its troops in Syria, except high-level advisors. Earlier this year in January an Israeli air strike on the Syrian Golan Heights killed an Iranian General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi alongside with top Hezbollah commander Abu Ali Tabatabai and 10 others.
The death of Hamedani comes as ISIS militants have captured several Syrian villages from rebels near Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.
The four-year war in Syria had claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and displaced half of the pre war 22-million population either eternally or in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.