Alleged Israeli strike kills Iranian Quds Force leader in Syria

E. Rowell:  This is one of the most courageous acts of the war that Hamas/Iran started and that Israel will finish.

The structure reportedly targeted by the Israeli Air Force was said to house the Iranian consulate and the ambassador’s official residence.

By JNS    1 April 2024


Slain IRGC Quds Force commander in Syria and Lebanon Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahedi. Source: Social media.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahedi, a top commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force responsible for Syria and Lebanon, was killed in an alleged Israeli strike on a building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus on Monday, Reuters reported.

Zahedi is the most senior regime official to be killed since the death of leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran in an assassination attributed to Israel four years ago.

A former commander of the IRGC’s terrorist ground forces, Zahedi had been sanctioned by the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Monday’s attack on the building in Damascus’s upscale Mezzeh area also killed at least five other people, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

The structure reportedly targeted by the Israeli Air Force was said to house the Iranian consulate and the ambassador’s official residence.

According to Syrian state media agency SANA, the attack caused “major destruction to the building, as well as damage to neighboring buildings.” The outlet claimed that air defenses responded to the strike.

Al Jazeera cited sources in Tehran as saying that Iranian Ambassador to Syria Hossein Akbari and his family were not hurt in the strike.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met with Akbari near the embassy shortly after the airstrike, Iranian media reported. Mekdad also phoned Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

A news channel affiliated with Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday evening described the reported attack as a “dangerous escalation that takes the region to open war.

“It is an attack on Iranian territory, since the embassy is considered Iran’s territory,” said the IRGC’s Sabereen News in a statement posted to the Telegram messaging app seen by Iran International.

Overnight Saturday, an IAF fighter jet intercepted a “suspicious aerial target” approaching Israeli territory from Syria. Earlier on Saturday, Hebrew media reported an Israeli airstrike in southwestern Syria.

On Friday, an alleged Israeli strike in Aleppo in northwest Syria killed dozens of people, mainly Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah terrorists.

Israel has allegedly struck hundreds of targets in Syria in recent years as part of an effort to prevent further Iranian military entrenchment in the country. Jerusalem rarely acknowledges such attacks.

On Feb. 4, Israeli military spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari revealed that the IAF has attacked more than 50 targets belonging to Hezbollah and other Iran-backed terrorist groups in Syria since the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

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  1. The Biden regime, like the weak, pathetic cowards they are, are telling Iran that they have nothing to do with the strike as if that’s going to matter. This display of fear in the face of Iran is only going to encourage aggression on the part of the mullahs. We are supposed to be a superpower but we have a White House that acts like a third rate power.

  2. If Iran retaliates by attacking America, it’s likely that the feeble, weak but loudmouthed voices on the extreme ends of the political spectrum, including the right-wing isolationists, will certainly blame Israel. This isn’t the same proud, brave nation that emerged after 9/11 which insisted we fight back against the terrorists not appease them.

  3. Allah works in mysterious ways.
    Wonder how many virgins this bozo gets?
    News from Paradise: Allah grants72 goats. That’s all he had left. He ran out of girls in 1286 A.D but has kept it a secret from the faithful.