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Spokesman dismisses report on drone attack on IRGC general

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed foreign media reports on a drone attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) General at Iraq-Syria borders, saying the claim is baseless.

“We have not received any report, and it seems more of a media propaganda,” Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday, adding that such reports should be directly released by Iran’s Armed Forces.

RT reported on Monday that a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps was killed in a drone strike near the Syrian-Iraqi border Sunday night.

In relevant remarks last month, Khatibzadeh rejected media claims of martyrdom of Iranian forces by Israel in Syria, warning of a crushing response to any move to distort Iran’s advisory role in the war-hit country.

“The Quds occupying regime knows that the hit-and-run era ended long time ago and it moves cautiously but the aggressive character of the regime cannot be treated and the only way against it is one hundred percent resistance in all fronts that the regime attempts to foment tumult,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a video conference on Sunday November 22.

“Iran’s presence in Syria is advisory and if anyone distorts this presence, he/she will receive a crushing response,” he added.

Khatibzadeh also rejected recent media reports claiming that Israel has killed a number of Iranian military forces in Syria.

Iran has played a military advisory role in Syria but has always denied deployment of forces in the country and other regional states.

In January 2019, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami underlined his country’s determination to support Syria until the war-ravaged nation embraces ultimate victory against all terrorist groups.

“The Syrian nation has fended off a major threat posed to the nation and the region by fighting against terrorism and we will accompany Syria until final victory as we have been standing beside the Syrian nation so far,” General Hatami said in a meeting with Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Major General Mahmoud al-Shawa in Tehran.

He also underscored Tehran’s preparedness to participate in reconstruction efforts in Syria.