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Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander reportedly killed near Syrian-Iraqi border

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A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander was killed on Sunday night near the Syrian-Iraqi border, the news outlet Al Arabiya reported on Monday, citing Iraqi sources.

Al Arabiya’s sources said that a drone had targeted Muslim Shahdan’s car near the border, killing the Iranian commander.

Furthermore, Al Arabiya said that no other details were provided and that Iran has neither confirmed nor denied reports of Shahdan’s death. No other sources, outlets, or authorities have yet to confirm his death.

This comes off the heels of the Friday assassination of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Tensions between Iran and the United States and Israel have been mounting since the U.S. killed an Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, back in January. Further, the Trump administration’s efforts to broker normalized relations between the Jewish State and Arab countries that see Iran as an enemy has also somewhat isolated Iran.

RELATED: Report: Israeli military instructed to prepare for possible Trump strike on Iran

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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