Mourners chant ‘death to Israel’ at Iranian commander’s funeral in Iraq

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
2 min read

Mourners chanted “death to America, death to Israel” during the funeral service on Wednesday for a senior advisor in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who was killed in a strike in Syria.

The IRGC said in a statement on Monday Brig. Gen. Seyed Razi Mousavi, a “senior IRGC advisor in Syria,” was killed in an Israeli “missile attack” in Damascus.

For all the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

The coffin of Mousavi was passed over the heads of members of the Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, a heavily armed state paramilitary grouping that contains dozens of Iran-backed factions, during the funeral in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf.

Following the funeral at Iraq’s most revered Shia Muslim shrine, his coffin will be flown to Iran for burial.

The IRGC, Iran’s dominant military force, with its own army, navy, air force and intelligence wing, has said Israel will suffer for killing Mousavi.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined specific comment about his death, but said it took whatever action necessary to defend the country.

Mousavi was in charge of providing “logistical support to the axis of resistance in Syria,” the IRGC statement said, referring to a network of regional militant groups supported by Iran, including the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, various militias in Iraq and Syria, and the Houthis in Yemen.

Iranian state news agency IRNA described Mousavi as one of the most experienced advisors of the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of the IRGC. It said he was killed in an Israeli attack in Sayyida Zeinab south of Damascus.

Since the eruption of war between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7, Iran-backed groups have mounted operations against Israel, while others, including militias in Iraq, have threatened US interests.

Israel has for years carried out attacks against what it describes as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it backed President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that erupted in Syria in 2011.

-With Reuters

Read more:

Iran’s IRGC says Oct. 7 attacks on Israel were revenge for Soleimani; Hamas denies

Israel acts wherever it has to, army chief says after death of top Iran general

Four killed in Israeli strike on top Iran general in Syria: New toll

Top Content Trending