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Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:59AM
Assassinated Iranian commander Hassan Shateri (file photo)

Assassinated Iranian commander Hassan Shateri (file photo)

A senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has been assassinated by suspected Israeli agents on the way from the Syrian capital Damascus to Beirut. General Hassan Shateri was reportedly killed on Tuesday by unknown gunmen as he was traveling by road from Syria to Lebanon. Israeli elements have been blamed for the assassination of the IRGC general, who led the Iranian-financed reconstruction projects in the south of Lebanon. His funeral ceremony will be held in Tehran on Thursday. He will then be laid to rest in his birthplace, Semnan, on Friday. In 2006, Israel launched a war of aggression against Lebanon that lasted 33 days and devastated most of the infrastructure and buildings in southern Lebanon. Since then, Iran has played a leading role in reconstruction efforts there. MRS/MHB
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