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IRGC officer killed by roadside bomb in Syria; Iran blames Israel, vows revenge

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blamed Israel on Wednesday for the killing of a senior aerospace officer near Damascus and vowed to avenge the death.

Colonel Davoud Jafari, an adviser from the IRGC’s aerospace division, was “martyred by the Zionist agents with a roadside bomb” near the Syrian capital overnight, the Corps said in a statement.

The statement warned that Israel will answer for the “crime.”

Iran has been a major supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad during the country’s 11-year civil war and has sent thousands of Iran-backed fighters from around the region to fight alongside his forces.

Dozens of Iranian forces have been killed in the war, though Tehran has long said it plays only a military advisory role in Syria.

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