Iranian Revolutionary Guard general killed in Syria
Hussein Hamedani was advising Syrian army on battle against Islamic State fighters
Residents protest against Russian airstrikes in Syria, in Aleppo, Syria October 2015. Placard reads in Arabic, “Russia, Iran, and the party of the devil (referring to Hezbollah), Daesh (the Arabic abbreviation for the Islamic State), Iraqi gangs and finally, the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), the revolution is ongoing.” Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters
An Iranian Revolutionary Guard general has been killed near Aleppo in Syria, the guards said in a statement on Friday.
General Hussein Hamedani was advising the Syrian army on their battle against Islamic State.
He was killed late on Wednesday, the statement said.
Iran is the main regional ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and has provided military and economic support during Syria’s four-year-old civil war.