Missile seen over Damascus (archive)
Missile seen over Damascus (archive)Reuters

The Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen news channel claimed today (Monday) that a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has been killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus in Syria.

According to the report, Sayyed Reza Mousavi, the head of Iran's military forces in Syria, was the target of the airstrikes.

Syrian media refrained from reporting the assassination - but the Iranian news agency Tasnim confirmed that it had indeed been carried out.

News sites affiliated with the Russian opposition claim that Mousavi was killed in an attack designed, among other things, to wipe out weapons depots of pro-Iranian militias operating in the Damascus area.

The IRGC threatened in response that “the usurping and barbaric Zionist regime will pay for this crime.”

Mousavi was a close confidant of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, and is the most senior IRGC official to be assassinated since Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in 2020.