Iranian military commander Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani has been killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Iran's army has said.
The rebels killed Hamedani overnight on Thursday, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) - the elite branch of the Iranian army - said in a statement carried by Sepah News on Friday.
The Brigadier General was providing military advice to the Syrian army in the country, Iran's Press TV reported.
IRGC said in its statement that Hamedani had been playing an "important role... reinforcing the front of Islamic resistance against the terrorists".
Iran is a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, sending Revolutionary
Guard forces and military advisers to aid him against rebels seeking his
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies