Iranian-Affiliated Commander Killed In Drone Strike Near Syrian-Iraqi Border: Monitoring Group

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Iranian-Affiliated Commander Killed In Drone Strike Near Syrian-Iraqi Border: Monitoring Group

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An Iranian-affiliated commander was killed as a result of a drone strike on the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 29.

The strike targeted a house and military vehicle in the town of al-Sayyal, which is located around 20 km to the north of the al-Bukamal border crossing with Iraq.

“The attack resulted in the death of a commander of a non-Syrian nationality and the injury of five militiamen,” the SOHR’s report reads.

According to the London-based monitoring group, the slain commander was serving in the ranks of “Liwa Fatemiyoun,” an Afghan group formed in 2014.

Liwa Fatemiyoun is funded, trained, and equipped by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Today, the group is mainly active in Syria’s central and eastern regions. 10,000 to 20,000 fighters are reportedly in service with this Afghan group.

The SOHR’s claims are yet to be confirmed by an independent source. Locals and pro-government sources didn’t report any strike on Deir Ezzor on April 29th, or in the few days before.

These claims may be nothing but a propaganda stunt meant to exaggerate Iran’s role in Deir Ezzor as well as to present a distorted image of the situation in the government-held part of the governorate. Nevertheless, it is important to note that both Israel and the US have targeted Iranian forces in Deir Ezzor in the past.

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