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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards official killed in Syria

Hassan Shateri,  a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has been killed in Syria, but no one is saying precisely how or where.
Iranian media reported on Thursday February 14 that Hassan Shateri was laid to rest in Tehran in the presence of Ayatollah Khamenei’s representative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the commander of the Qods forces in Tehran. The Qods are the international branch of the IRGC.
The Fars News Agency writes that Shateri was assassinated on Tuesday by what the report describes as “Zionist regime mercenaries”, but no reference is made as to where it happened.
ISNA quotes an IRGC public relations officer saying Shateri was killed “en route from Damascus to Beirut.”
Another report on the Belagh website says: “Commander Hassan Shateri and two of his men were ambushed by terrorists in Aleppo, and Commander Shateri was the only one to be martyred.”
Iranian media refer to the Syrian opposition as terrorists.
Reuters also reports that a commander of the Syrian armed rebels reported that Shateri was killed near the Lebanese-Syrian border in Zebdani.
The Iranian embassy in Beirut referred to this commander as Hessam Khoshnevis, saying he was killed by “armed terrorist groups” en route from Damascus to Beirut.
Beirut’s Alsafir daily also writes that the commander had gone to “Syria to examine inspection plans of the city of Aleppo.”
Aleppo has been the site of severe fighting between Syria’s opposition forces and the Syrian army, and reports say it is now in ruins.
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