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Top Iranian general issues warning over Sayyed Mousavi assassination

Major General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, warned that the assassination of Sayyed Razi Mousavi in ​​Syria was a “strategic error” that will not go unanswered.

Mousavi, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria and reportedly the chief coordinator of the Iran-Syria military alliance, was killed in an airstrike outside the Syrian capital on Monday , Damascus. His death was confirmed to Reuters by three security sources.

In a message reported Tuesday by the Tasnim news agency, a semi-official media outlet associated with the IRGC, Bagheri said the attack was carried out by Israel “in blatant violation of Syria’s sovereignty,” adding that she “contravened international conventions and exposed the terrorist nature of Israel. »

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, in Tehran, Iran, February 23, 2021. Bagheri blamed Israel for the killing of Sayyed Razi Mousavi in ​​Syria, calling it a “mistake strategic” of the country.
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The news agency reported that Bagheri said the attack on Mousavi was part of the Zionist regime’s “attempts to get out of the quagmire it itself created in Gaza” and “divert the world’s attention from its crimes” in the region.

“Recent developments have brought the sinister regime to a stage where terrorist and senseless measures will not only fail to support its fragile pillars, but will also further strengthen the siege that the resistance front has imposed on it,” Bagheri said, as reported by Tasnim News.

Threats of retaliation from Bagheri and other Iranian officials have heightened fears of an escalation of the Gaza war across the region.

Mousavi was described by Iranian state television as “among those who accompanied Qassem Soleimani”, the Iranian commander who led the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force before being killed in a US drone strike in Iraq in August 2020.

Already on Monday, Iran warned Israel that it would “pay the price” for the alleged murder of Mousavi. “The usurping and savage Zionist regime will pay for this crime,” the IRGC said in a statement on Monday.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Israel would “certainly pay the price” for Mousavi’s death, calling it “a sign of the frustration and weakness of the Zionist regime in the region.”

News from Raisi and Tasnim declared Mousavi a “martyr.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have not confirmed that they were responsible for Mousavi’s killing. In response to a reporter’s question Monday evening, IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said: “I will not comment on foreign reports, these or others in the Middle East.” The Israeli military obviously has the task of protecting Israel’s security interests. “.

Iran’s ambassador to Syria, Hossein Akbari, told Iranian state television that Mousavi was stationed at the Damascus embassy as a diplomat and was killed by Israeli missiles while he was on his way home from work, as Reuters reported.

News week contacted the Israeli military for comment Tuesday via email.