On September 1, Iranian sources announced that an officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in central Syria.
According to the sources, the officer, Mohammad Norouzi, sustained fetal “chemical wounds” while repelling an attack by ISIS cells in the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of Homs.
Norouzi served as a military advisor in Syria for more than four years. He took part in several large-scale operations against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Deir Ezzor.
The IRGC has been actively supporting Syrian government operations in the central region since the beginning of ISIS insurgence there around three years ago.
Norouzi was the fourth IRGC commander to be killed in Syria this year. On June 3, advisor Hassan Abdullahzadeh was killed along with his guard Mohsen Abbasi in an ambush by ISIS cells on the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway. On July 9, commander Reza Safdari was killed when his vehicle was struck with an improvised explosive device that had been planted by ISIS terrorists in the eastern Homs countryside. On July 23, the IRGC mourned Seyyed Ahmad Qureshi, a prominent commander of the Quds Force, who was killed under unclear circumstances in Syria.
Iran remains one of the main backers of the Damascus government. The IRGC has been supporting Syrian government forces on nearly all fronts for the past ten years.
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