Another Assassination: Top Iranian Commander Killed Near Syrian-Iraqi Border In Airstrikes

Muslim Shahdan, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed Monday in an airstrike along the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to local sources.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike, in which unidentified warplanes targeted the commander and his three bodyguards near a village in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

The attack was carried out days after the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Deir ez-Zor is a major link between Iran and Lebanon.

Pipelines and trade routes from Iraq and Jordan also pass through the province.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps

With the help of Russia and Iran-backed militias, the central and western parts of Deir ez-Zor fell to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime after Daesh/ISIS terrorists retreated from the region in November 2017.

The majority of Iran-backed foreign militias fighting for the Assad regime’s forces are located in Deir ez-Zor. These groups, operating among the Sunni-majority population, are being commanded by the IRGC.

They hold sect-based religious education in the predominantly Sunni region, where they also oversee the opening of Shia prayer centers.

Deir ez-Zor, bordering the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, is currently under the control of the YPG/PKK terrorist organization.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.

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