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Official: Iran to avenge killing of Guard commander in Syria
Published Saturday 16/02/2013 (updated) 17/02/2013 19:27
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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will soon exact revenge on Israel for the recent killing of a Revolutionary Guards commander in Syria, an aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted on Saturday as saying.

Iran said on Thursday that an Iranian military commander named Hessam Khoshnevis, also called Hassan Shateri in some news accounts, had been killed in Syria by rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, an ally of Tehran.

Syrian rebels accuse Iran's Revolutionary Guard of sending forces to help Assad crush their 22-month-old uprising, a charge denied by the Islamic Republic.

Details of Khoshnevis's killing are sketchy and various accounts have emerged. But Iran's envoy to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi on Thursday drew a link between his killing and Israel.

Ali Shirazi, the representative of Khamenei to the Guards' elite Quds force, said on Friday evening Iran's "resolve against Israel" had only grown stronger with Khoshnevis's killing.

"Our enemies should also know that we will quickly get revenge for (the death of) Haj Hassan (Shateri) from the Israelis, and the enemies cannot shut off the Iranian people with such stupid acts," Shirazi was by the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) on Saturday as saying.

Israel has not commented on the killing.

Israel has hinted at military action against Iran if Tehran continues with a nuclear program which Israel says is aimed at developing a weapon. Iran says its program is peaceful.

Israel is believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear-armed state.

The Revolutionary Guards media office said this week that Khoshnevis had been "martyred on his way from Damascus to Beirut by mercenaries".

The state news agency IRNA said Khoshnevis was a military engineer during the 1980-88 conflict between Iran and Iraq, and had later worked in Afghanistan.

Officials stressed Khoshnevis had been engaged in civilian reconstruction in Lebanon for the last seven years. Iran backs the Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which fought a brief war with Israel seven years ago and allied with Assad.
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1 ) Robby / USA
16/02/2013 20:06
"But Iran's envoy to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi on Thursday drew a link between his killing and Israel." - Hmmm, and what do you suppose that proof is? Something they read in the Onion?

2 ) جيش لل محمدإن / دمعصكـ القدس
16/02/2013 20:52
Him being killed is vengeance for his taking part in helping Assad's troops & directing them to slaughter Sunni communities/civilians & trying to defeat the revolution/rebels in Syria. So he got what he deserved. A guy helps a dictator massacre civilians, & Ayatollah Ali Khamenei thinks he should be protected or respected by the Syrian people? Hmm؟ Of course not! How absurd!! Building projects? What building projects? Trying to turn Syria into Shiite backwardness? محمد رسول الله_ـلا اله الا الله

3 ) Tom Kinney / United States
17/02/2013 01:48
Iran is looking for anything that will aid the cause of countries that they can turn into Theocracies and Israel serves as a rallying point for their desire to spread the evil that is Sharia Law. They are probably encouraging if not actually commiting the murders in Iraq for the same purpose. I have friends that follow the teachings of Islam and they hate Sharia Law.

4 ) Carlos / USA
17/02/2013 05:26
israel murders all sorts of people. I believe israelis murdered their own in Bulgaria just like israel targeted US and British citizens for death in Lavon affair. israel killed thier own israeli agents to cover it up too. israel figures the israeli citizens died in Bulgaria to further their agenda. israel is terror and sleaze.

5 ) USAUSA / USA
17/02/2013 19:40
Blah Blah Blah. Remember they were going to sink all the US ships in the Gulf? They are doing a job in Syria killing on the Sunnis - why are they not bragging about that? I have a feeling a lot more Iranians are going to be killed in Syria.
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