En prominent kommandant for den iranske Revolusjonsgarden, general Hassan Shateri, ble drept i Syria tirsdag på vei fra Damaskus til Beirut. Det er bemerkelsesverdig at Teheran ikke får seg til å innrømme at det var opprørere. De legger skylden på Israel.
Hvis Teheran skal innrømme at det var opprørere må de innrømme at de er i krig med deler av den syriske befolkningen. Det klarer de ikke.
Iran investerer stadig mer i krigen. Det gjør at fallhøyden for Iran også vokser. Støtten til Assad koster dyrt i form av fiendskap i sunni-befolkningen.
General Hassan Shateri was killed on Tuesday in an ambush on the way from Damascus towards the Lebanese capital, the Iranian authorities said. They blamed the attack on Israel. Gen Shateri was also in charge of the Iranian of the Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon, set up after the devastating war in 2006 between Israel and the Iran supported Shiite Hezbollah militia. He died «at the hands of Zionist regime mercenaries and backers,» the force’s spokesman, Ramezan Sherif, said in the statement. The circumstances of his death and the purpose of his visit in Syria were still murky yesterday. The Lebanese newspaper As-Safir claimed Mr Shater had been «in Aleppo, to study projects to reconstruct the city»; a claim that was rejected as «laughable» by opposition figures in the city that is currently in the grip of full-scale war.
Last month, US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford accused Iran of fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar al-Assad against the Sunni-majority insurgency. «They are sending arms, they are sending other kinds of experts, and in fact we know that they are sending Iran Revolutionary Guard members,» said Mr Ford.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Gen Shateri was shot dead by rebels. «We do not know exactly where he was shot, but we do know that a rebel group ambushed his vehicle while en route from Damascus to Beirut,» the Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. US Secretary of State John Kerry offered a grim reminder of the costs of continued violence on Thursday saying that as 90,000 people may have been killed in the two years of fighting in Syria. He spoke as it emerged that rebel fighters had shot down two fighter jets on Thursday, and the seized town of Shadadeh, near the Iraqi border, in a fourth straight day of blows to the Assad regime. Mr Kerry said that Mr Assad should accept the «inevitability» of his departure.