Israeli Airstrike in Syria Results in Death of High-Ranking Iranian Commander

A “prominent” commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) was reportedly killed in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen and Reuters reported, citing unnamed security sources. Explosions were heard in the area of Set Zaynab in the Damascus countryside, with social media footage showing smoke near the Damascus International Airport, a frequent target due to its use by Iranian proxies. Iranian state-owned media confirmed the death of IRGC commander Seyed Razi Mousavi, identified as “a senior advisor” in Syria. Unconfirmed reports from Iranian opposition media suggested Mousavi was responsible for coordinating financing and logistics for Iranian proxies in Syria. Mousavi was considered close to Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the Quds Force who was killed by a US drone in January 2020. No other casualties were reported. This is a developing story.