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#1 link at AOSHQ says it was a commander in the Qods forces: Al-Manar did not disclose the name of the Iranian official and only described him as the head of an Iranian agency responsible for "rebuilding Lebanon." According to the report, the incident occurred on Syrian soil when the Iranian official was on his way back from Damascus to Lebanon.
An Iranian independent news website - mashreghnews.ir - reported earlier that the name of the Iranian official was Gen. Hassan Shateri, a commander in the Guard's Quds Force. The report said the attack was carried out by "mercenaries of the Zionist regime," however the credibility of the report is unclear.
The report added that Gen. Ghasem Soleimani, the head of the Guard's Quds Force, visited Shateri's family to express his condolences. The website did not provide additional details about his death.
The Quds Force is Iran's main organization dealing with international terrorist activity with the cooperation of several different terrorist organizations which are backed by Iran. In the past, Israeli intelligence officials described Soleimani as the central figure in Iran's terrorist network.
Posted by Frank G 2013-02-14 12:50||
#2 I guess "Mission Official" is what the cool kids are calling it these days.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2013-02-14 13:20||
#3 ValentineĆ¢™s day lovers spat?
Posted by Water Modem 2013-02-14 14:04||
#4 The Syrian version of Groundhog Day.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-14 14:54||
#5 Rest in pieces.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-02-14 15:07||
#6 hassan shateri has a military rank of General
The 'Iranian Development delegation' were probably logistics or security advisers.
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-14 17:54||
#7 Heh. A sucking head wound. I would need to see that to understand it. Sepsis tho takes a while.
Posted by Whiskey Mike 2013-02-14 18:05||
#8 It's always good to hear of Iranians taking casualties, for a change. I wonder how many they have taken since the start of hostilities in Syria. In theory, Syria ought not run out of manpower. Iran certainly has more than enough warm bodies to bring to the fight.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2013-02-14 18:17||
per this, the total of Hezbollah plus Basij is probably below 1000; however, there may be some unreported
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-14 18:22||
#10 the total of Hezbollah plus Basij is probably below 1000; however, there may be some unreported
We had 500K GI's in-country during the Vietnam War, at a time when the population was around 200m. Iran probably has the economy to support 200K troops (out of 20m odd military-age Iranian males) in Syria, assuming they're equipped mainly with light weaponry. The only issue is that this would alienate the large contingent of Sunnis that continue to support Assad.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2013-02-14 19:17||
Iran might be able to send 200k Basij to Syria, but if they did, they could not suppress the Iranian population (because the Basij keep the Iranian Army from rebelling).
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-14 19:49||
#12 Debka is quoting Leb Hezbunnies as saying the Jews did it.
Posted by Water Modem 2013-02-14 22:00||
#13 Iran might be able to send 200k Basij to Syria, but if they did, they could not suppress the Iranian population (because the Basij keep the Iranian Army from rebelling).
I'm thinking Iranian conscripts, not the Basij.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2013-02-14 23:59||