IS kills another IRGC commander in Iraq
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
A high-ranking member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps(IRGC), Reza Hosseini Moghaddam was killed in Iraq in fight with the "Islamic State" (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) militants, Iranian media outlets reported.
Hosseini Moghaddam who was killed on Feb. 7 by an IS by sniper in Iraqi Samara city was one of the IRGC commanders during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).
Reza Hosseini Moghaddam was in Iraq as a military adviser to the Iraqi army in fights against the IS, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.
No reports mentioned Hosseini Moghaddam's position in the IRGC, however refer to him as an IRGC general. Moghaddam is believed to have been the second-highest ranking IRGC member killed in Iraq in recent months.
Last December Hamid Taghavi, a senior IRGC general was killed in Samara by the IS sniper "during a mission."
The IS was created in 2003 in Iraq. Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
Some western and Iraqi media have underscored the significant role of Iranian forces in fighting against the IS. The media reports say Iranian forces have a decisive presence on the battlefield. Meanwhile Iranian officials said the Islamic Republic only acts as adviser to the Iraqi forces.
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