Claimed image of aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on an Assad regime complex near Aleppo in northwest Syria, June 4, 2024


Iranian outlets have confirmed the killing of a Revolutionary Guards general in Monday’s Israeli airstrikes near Syria’s largest city Aleppo.

Gen. Saeed Abyar was named by semi-official Iranian outlets, including those linked with the Guards.

Abyar is the first commander slain by Israel since Iran’s “demonstration” missile and drone attacks on Israeli territory in mid-April. Those strikes sought to deter Israel after it killed a series of commanders and senior officials in Syria from December.

Tasnim News posted a photo of Abyar’s coffin, draped in the Iranian flag with his photograph attached, being taken to the Sayyida Zaynab shrine in Damascus — close to Iran’s main military position in Syria.

The site said 17 people were killed and 15 injured in Monday’s strikes, reportedly on a copper factory and a weapons warehouse.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, JUNE 3: Israel has renewed strikes on Syria’s Assad regime, hitting targets near Aleppo early Monday.

Reports said a copper plant in the town of Hayyan, north of Aleppo, was the target. Unconfirmed accounts said at least 12 fighters from Iran-backed militias were slain.

The Assad regime’s Defense Ministry said several people were killed in the attack about 12:20 a.m.: “The Israeli enemy launched an air attack from the southeast of Aleppo, targeting some positions. The aggression led to a number of martyrs and some material losses.”

Video showed a large fire burning in a building.

Israel has regularly carried out airstrikes on Assad regime and Iranian positions since the Syrian uprising of March 2011.

The Israelis have tried to disrupt Iranian supply of missiles and other weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which is also providing military support to the regime.

The attacks expanded in the last six months to target Iranian commanders and senior officers for assassination. Those killed included Iran’s military commander overseeing Syria and Lebanon, Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi, and its senior officer for operations in Syria, Gen. Sayed Reza Mousavi.

The Iranian regime finally responded in April with demonstration strikes on Israeli bases in the sparsely-populated Negev desert. Israel carried out its own demonstration attacks a week later inside Iran.

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