The curse of taking an image with Soleimani requires one other sufferer. Reza Mousawi, a senior IRGC official was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Damascus as we speak. pic.twitter.com/bPcYKj9ea4
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) 25 December 2023
Israel killed Razi Mousavi, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, in an airstrike within the Syrian capital Damascus on December 25. Mousavi is the third IRGC official confirmed killed in an airstrike in Syria since Hamas attacked southern Israel in Oct. 7.
Mousavi was “a veteran adviser to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” in line with IRNA, Iran’s official information company, which confirmed his demise.
Mousavi was an essential interlocutor between Iran and the Syrian regime, mentioned a US intelligence official who wished to stay nameless. FDD’s Lengthy Battle Journal. Mousavi additionally facilitated the switch of weapons from Iran to Syria, which have been then despatched to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In a message to the Iranian folks, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi mourned Mousavi’s demise, describing him as “a courageous and brave one who was among the many companions of assassinated Normal Qassem Soleimani.”
Soleimani was the commander of the IRGC’s Qods Drive, Iran’s exterior operations unit that helps Iranian proxies within the Center East. The US killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, the previous head of Iraq’s Fashionable Mobilization Forces and the founding father of the Hezbollah Brigades, in an airstrike in Baghdad in 2020. Soleimani and Mousavi have been photographed collectively earlier than the US killed Soleimani.
“Seyyed Razi was martyred whereas serving as an adviser to the resistance entrance, defending holy shrines in Syria in addition to defending Islamic beliefs,” IRNA reported.
Raisi and different senior Iranian officers, together with Iran’s Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Protection Ministry spokesman Brigadier Normal Reza Talaei-Nik, vowed to avenge Mousavi’s homicide.
On December 2, Israeli airstrikes killed two IRGC officers on the outskirts of Damascus. The officers have been recognized as Mohammed Ali Ataei Shoorcheh and Panah Taghizadeh, who have been in Syria on an “advisory mission,” in line with an IRGC assertion.
Israel has focused key IRGC officers like Mousavi because it prepares for conflict with Hezbollah and probably with Iranian-backed Iraqi and Syrian militias. Hezbollah, Hamas and different terrorist teams have launched a handful of assaults on northern Israel day-after-day. But Israel is suspending a battle with Hezbollah because it focuses on rooting out Hamas within the Gaza Strip.
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