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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.

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Israel Defense Forces say coalition successfully intercepted over 99 percent of Iranian drones, missiles



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The U.S., U.K, France, and Jordan came together with Israel to intercept the onslaught of Iranian drones targeting Israel, according to multiple reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded defiantly, saying his country is “strong” and prepared to defend itself from any threat.

“Our defense systems are deployed, and we are prepared for any scenario, both in defense and offense. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong,” Netanyahu said.

“We appreciate the US for standing by Israel’s side as well as the support of the UK, France and many other countries,” he continued.

“I established a clear principle — whoever hurts us, we will hurt them. We will defend ourselves from any threat and we will do so calmly and with determination.”

In conjunction with the attack, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against Israel on Saturday and blamed the Jewish state for the recent attack on an Iranian compound in Damascus, Syria.

“The malicious regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished and it will be punished,” he said of Israel.

National Review reports:

Iran typically targets Israel through its network of well-resourced regional proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel continues to fights its war against Hamas sparked by the terrorist group’s mass civilian slaughter and rape on October 7.

Hamas rejected another temporary cease-fire proposal after negotiations began in Cairo, Egypt last weekend between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian officials. The cease-fire proposal would have seen Israel exchange hundreds of Gazan prisoners for dozens of the hostages held in captivity by Hamas.

As for injuries, a seven-year-old girl suffered severe injuries from shrapnel that fell directly onto her home. She was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a head wound. An estimated 31 people in total were treated for stress and minor injuries.



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