Iran’s IRGC leader killed fighting ISIS in Iraq: News Agencies
By Kaveh Taheri
May 28, Ankara: A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed fighting Islamic State west of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the IRGC-affiliated Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.
“Commander Shaaban Nassiri was killed in operations to free the area west of Mosul,” the news agency declared.
Nassiri was killed near Baaj, one of the last cities which remain under Islamic State control, near the Syrian border, Reuters quoted Mashregh News.
According to U.S. and Iraqi officials, Baghdadi is believed to be hiding in this region, Reuters said.
Nassiri had a long history participation in the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988 and has been involved in the six-year war in Syria, backing Bashar al-Assad, according to Mashregh.
It is the first time Iranian officials have affirmed the death of an Iranian top military senior in the operations launched in October to drive the militant terrorist group ISIS out of Mosul.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is the main backer of the Iraqi Shi’ite paramilitary force called Popular Mobilization, fighting Islamic State west of Mosul, according to the Reuters report.
More than 1,000 IRGC forces killed in the Syrian civil war late last year, including a handful of senior commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, Reuters quoted Iranian officials as saying.
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