Iran says IRCG officer killed in Israeli strike on Syria, vows revenge

The Times of Israel reports: “An Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer was killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Damascus shortly after midnight Friday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The report identified the dead officer as Milad Heydari, saying he was an adviser. No rank was given, but the report said he was ‘martyred’ in the attack, which was blamed on Israel. The term is typically a designation given to those killed on official assignments.

The IRGC threatened to avenge the death of the officer in its announcement, according to the report. ‘The Zionist regime will undoubtedly receive a response to this crime.’

Syria’s state news agency SANA earlier reported that Syria’s air defenses intercepted ‘hostile missiles’ over the capital shortly after midnight, though the ‘aggression’ managed to cause some material damage. Damascus regularly claims to successfully intercept IDF strikes, but military analysts doubt these assertions…”

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