A senior officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Brig. Gen. Farhad Dabirian, was “martyred” in Syria on March 6, the Fars News Agency reported.
The agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, didn’t provide any details on the circumstances of Dabirian’s death.
Dabirian was described by the agency as the “defender of Sayida Zainab shrine” in Damascus eastern suburbs. He was reportedly responsible for IRGC activities in the Shiite-majority area. The IRGC commander also played a key role in the battels against ISIS in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), claimed that Dabirian was assassinated in the Sayida Zainab suburb. The monitoring group also reported that the late commander was close to Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Syria is yet to comment on the killing of Dabirian or provide any information on the incident. The commander may have been assassinated by the Israeli intelligence, which carried out similar attacks against IRGC-affiliated figures in Syria in the last few years.