Top Iranian commander wounded in clashes with Syrian rebels in Aleppo


Iranian girl in pro-government rally holds the picture of Qassem Soleimani. File photo

ARA News

DAMASCUS – Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Unit, was seriously injured in the province of Aleppo during battles with the armed opposition forces north Syria, officials reported on Tuesday.

Iranian state agency AsrarIran reported that Soleimani along with two escorts were “seriously injured” 12 days ago in Aleppo’s battles after being hit with a TOW anti-tank rocket by Syrian opposition fighters. 

The top Iranian official had received first aid in Syria before being transferred to Tehran to continue treatment in the hospital, the source added.

Activists reported Two weeks ago that the opposition fighters were able to target several Iranian officials in the northern fighting front of Aleppo province, killing and injuring a number of them.

In the meantime, Amir Mousavi, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran, confirmed Soleimani’s injury in a press statement.

Another high-ranking Iranian official has taken over the command of Iranian forces in Syria following Soleimani’s transportation to Tehran, the official added.

An Israeli official has claimed that the Iranian major general has been killed in Aleppo in northern Syria, according to the Iranian state agency of FNA.

“A well-placed source in the IRGC has strongly rejected rumors by terrorist groups about killing IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani,” FNA reported on Tuesday. “General Soleimani is alive and safe.”

Soleimani, 58, has been in Syria for months, running military operations to bolster forces loyal to the embattled Syria President Bashar al-Assad against his opponents.

“IRGC’s leadership in Tehran is trying to hide the news of Soleimani’s health because disclosing it may negatively affect the morale of their troops in Syria,” a Syrian opposition activist argued. 

Reporting by: Resho Issa

Source: ARA News

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