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Tags: Iran | Syria | Jihadists

Jihadists Behead Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander in Damascus

By    |   Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:52 PM EDT

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer was recently decapitated by Syrian jihadists, according to media reports.

Times of Israel said that the officer was identified as Revolutionary Guards Col. Mohammad Eskandari, a militant said to regard the war in Syria as “really our war with America.”

About a week before his death, Eskandari said the Revolutionary Guard had trained and prepared 138 battalions and 42 brigades to fight in Syria and urged Iranians to donate generously to support the Syria campaign, the Middle East Monitor reported.

Eskandari, who was listed in other reports as a brigadier general, was killed by the al-Qaida-linked Al-Nusra Front, which has been fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

A Syrian blogger posted extremely graphic images depicting Eskandari’s severed head alongside an unconfirmed photograph of the commander.
ABNA, an Iranian news agency, reported that he had been “savagely martyred” Monday during combat in Damascus. Other reports said Eskandari was killed last week.

Iranian media accounts said Eskandari went to Syria to defend the Sayida Zeinab mosque in Damascus’ southern suburbs – a popular destination for Shiite Muslim visitors from around the world.

An independent Persian-language station based in The Netherlands reported that more than 60 Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers have been killed in Syria since 2011, according to a
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report. The burial of at least one of the slain Iranians, Revolutionary Guard officer Mohammad Jamali, was attended by Qassem Soleimani, the man said to be in charge of its overseas operations.

On Monday, Lebanese media reported that
Fawzi Ayoub, a naturalized Canadian citizen, U.S. fugitive and senior Hezbollah operative, had been killed by Syrian rebels in an ambush near Aleppo on Sunday.

The 48-year-old former Toronto supermarket employee was pronounced a martyr on a Facebook page full of pictures of him wearing battle fatigues.

Ayoub had been on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist” list since 2009, when he was indicted for using a false American passport to enter Israel “for the purpose of conducting a bombing” for Hezbollah, according to his wanted poster.

While a number of Canadian militants have died over the past year while fighting to overthrow Assad, Ayoub is the apparently the first one killed fighting to keep the dictator in power..

Last week, Tehran denied a Wall Street Journal report that the regime was sending Afghans to fight for Assad. The paper’s account said elite Revolutionary Guard forces were offering monthly payments of $500 and residency in Iran to Afghan refugees willing to join the Syria campaign.

Earlier this month, according to RFE/RL, an Iranian website posted pictures of what it termed  the "glorious" funeral of two Afghans killed in Syria by “terrorists,” a term frequently used by Assad’s regime to describe the rebels.

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A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer was recently decapitated by Syrian jihadists, according to media reports.
Iran, Syria, Jihadists
Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:52 PM
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