Another one of those things that makes you go hmmm…
At first it was attributed to anti-Assad forces. And supposedly took place just a couple of days ago.
This was no ordinary General, via Ynet:
The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Friday that Hush Husam Nawis, also known as Hassan Shateri, a senior Revolutionary Guard official who was killed in Syria on Thursday, was in fact named Hassan Shateri, while Nawis served as his alias.
Shateri was a general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and headed the Iranian operation to rehabilitate the war-scarred country. He reportedly also served as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal emissary to Lebanon.
But now the claim is being made that the Iranian General was killed in the mysterious Israeli air strike a couple of weeks ago, via UPI:
Mystery still swirls around the assassination of a top Iranian general in war-torn Syria but details are emerging that suggest he was a key figure in Tehran’s campaign to save its beleaguered ally, President Bashar Assad, and in running Hezbollah.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps initially reported that Brig. Gen. Hassan Shateri, 58, one of its commanders, was killed Tuesday in a rebel ambush in Syria near the Lebanese border as he drove to Beirut.
Later reports say he and two aides were killed Monday near Zabadani, a border town where Hezbollah has a major base and arms depot.
But the Free Syrian Army, one of the main rebel forces battling to topple Assad’s minority Alawite regime, claimed Thursday that Shateri, along with several aides, was killed in Israel’s Jan. 30 airstrike on Jamraya, near Zabadani.
There were unconfirmed reports at the time that there had been Iranian casualties in the air raid but FSA officials said the death of Shateri and his officers weren’t disclosed at the time because to have done so would have had “consequences.”
After a period of relative silence, the Iranians are explicitly blaming Israel, via Tehran Times:
An Iranian general has been killed by elements affiliated with the Zionist regime while traveling from Syria to Lebanon, the head of the public relations department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced on Thursday.“Brigadier General Hassan Shateri was martyred on his way from Damascus to Beirut by mercenaries and individuals backed by the Zionist regime,” Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said.