Iranian Revolutionary Guard colonel murdered in Damascus, Tehran blames Israel

A Colonel of Revolutionary Guardsthe ideological army of Iran, was killed on Monday in Syria, near Damascus, by a homemade bomb attributed to Israel, which has been waging a shadow war against Tehran for years to counter its influence in the region. “Colonel Davud Jafari, one of Iran’s advisors in Syria and a member of the Guardians Aerospace Force, was killed by Zionist regime (Israel) associates with a roadside roadside bomb near Damascus Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from the Guardians.

The death of the officer has not been confirmed by Syrian authorities. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a London-based independent NGO with an extensive network of sources in Syria, the senior officer was killed along with his Syrian bodyguard when a bomb exploded as their vehicle passed. The attack occurred near Sayyida Zeinab, a district in southern Damascus that is home to a shrine revered by Shia Muslims and hosts a strong Iranian presence.

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He is the highest ranking Guardian killed in Syria since August 23, when Tehran announced the “martyr death” of General Abolfazl Alijani, a member of the Guardians’ ground forces then on mission in Syria. Alijani was described as a “sanctuary defender”, a term used to refer to those who work on behalf of Iran in Syria or in Iraq.

Iran, which is helping the Syrian regime to Bashar al-Assad, its ally, in the war ravaging Syria since 2011, claims not to have troops in this country but says that military “advisers” from the Guardians operate alongside the Syrian state at the invitation of Damascus. “Undoubtedly, the criminal Zionist regime will receive the adequate response for this crime,” added the text published on Wednesday.

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