Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
A senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed in Iraq’s Mosul city during the ongoing fight against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, ISIS aka ISIL), semi-official Tasnim news agency reported May 27.
General Shaban Nasiri, high-ranking commander of the IRGC, was killed during clashes with the IS in the area between Qairawan and Baaj on May 26.
The report said that he was already in Syria for a long time to "protect the holy shrine of Zaynab [a daughter of first Shia Imam Ali]".
It is while Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of the IRGC, said in November 2016 that Iran has not sent off any troops to the city of Mosul as Iraq’s Popular Mobilization (Hashd al-Shaabi/volunteer forces) perform very well and they do not need any assistance from Iranians.
Iran has recently appointed Iraj Masjedi, an IRGC general, as a new ambassador to Iraq.
Masjedi is a senior adviser to Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, which is responsible for operations outside of Iran, including Iraq and Syria.