Iranian General nicknamed ‘TOW missiles trainer’ killed in Syria

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Iranian media have reported on Saturday the killing of Brigadier General Shahrokh Dayeepour, one of the Iranian field commanders in Syrian Aleppo.

FARS News Agency reported that the General who fought in the Iranian-Iraqi war in the late eighties was killed early Friday in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, without giving further details.

According to FARS, the Iranian General was an expert in using and training on “TOW missiles” and anti-armored missiles, and used to train Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia over the past years. He was sent from the Iranian province of Kermanshah to fight in Syria.

Along with him, 15 others were also killed, mostly from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Basij forces.

While the Iranian news agency claimed that the General was killed “in confrontations with ISIS remnants”, Iranian activists said on social media that General Dayeepour was killed in an Israel airstrike on Friday targeting a position of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi and Afghani militia near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

The Iranian forces are positioned on the Iranian-Iraqi border since 2015 to secure the establishment of a strategic land passage between Tehran and Baghdad all the way to both the Syrian and Lebanese capitals and consequently impose Tehran's military and security control over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Social media activists also added that tens of soldiers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and allied militias were killed in the continuous Israeli air strikes in the last few weeks, while the Iranian regime has been completely silent.

The International coalition in the fight against ISIS, along with the Israeli air force, have intensified their raids on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and its militias since Russia declared last month the necessity of the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria, including the Iranian forces and backed militias which escalated the disagreements on the Syrian situation between Moscow and Tehran.