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Iranian general killed in Syria’s Aleppo by jihadists

Senior Iranian officer killed alongside other Iranian fighters, as pro-regime forces launch offensive to recapture Syria’s second city.
An Iranian general has been killed by jihadists in Syria, reports say, the latest high-profile casualty of Tehran’s efforts to prop up President Bashar al-Assad.

Brigadier General Mohsen Ghajarian of the elite Revolutionary Guards was killed in the northern province of Aleppo, according to the Fars news agency, which is close to the Guards.

He was advising pro-regime forces in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group, it reported, without saying when he died.

MizanOnline, a news agency linked to the judiciary, also reported his death.

Fars said six Iranian “volunteers” had also been killed in Aleppo province, where the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, this week launched a major offensive against rebels.

Iran has provided military advisers and frontline fighters to Assad’s army, as well as Iranian, Afghan, Iraqi and Pakistani “volunteers” to fight the rebels.

The latest deaths bring to more than 100 the number of advisers and “volunteers” sent by Iran who have been killed in Syria since the beginning of October, according to


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