IRGC member Razi Mousavi (left) and IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani

Iran Confirms Death Of IRGC Commander In Syria

Monday, 12/25/2023

Iranian state media has officially announced the death of Seyed Razi Mousavi, a prominent figure associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria.

The confirmation follows reports from Lebanese media outlet Al-Mayadeen and Reuters, citing unnamed security sources, indicating that Mousavi, a high-ranking IRGC commander, was reportedly killed on Monday in an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the claims. 

Explosions were noted in the Set Zaynab area in the Damascus countryside, with social media footage capturing a plume of smoke near the frequently targeted Damascus International Airport—a location often utilized by Iranian proxies in the region.

Unconfirmed reports from Iranian opposition media propose that Mousavi played a crucial role in coordinating financial and logistical support from Tehran to Iranian proxies in Syria.

Considered close to Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the Quds Force killed by a US drone in January 2020, Mousavi's demise is viewed as another significant loss for the IRGC in the region, according to Iranian media sources.

Amidst the ongoing Syrian conflict since 2011, the United Nations estimates that over 300,000 civilians lost their lives in the first decade. The war, persisting for 12 years, has displaced more than half of the country's pre-war population of 22 million, contributing significantly to Europe's migrant crisis.

Syria remains far from stable, influenced heavily by both Moscow and Tehran. The intricate relationship between Russia and Iran faces additional strain as they compete for increased influence in Syria. Iran's presence in the region adds complexity to the ongoing shadow war between Iran and Israel, with a primary focus on Syria.

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