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Iran IRGC's First 'Martyr' Versus ISIL?

One of the photos that the Ghasam.ir website was publishing, purportedly of the coffin of IRGC member Alireza Moshajari from his funeral in Tehran on June 16.
One of the photos that the Ghasam.ir website was publishing, purportedly of the coffin of IRGC member Alireza Moshajari from his funeral in Tehran on June 16.

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Iran Enters The Fray In Iraq

Iran is closely watching events in neighboring Iraq, where fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are reportedly pushing toward Baghdad after taking over Mosul and Tikrit.
Several hard-line Iranian websites and blogs are reporting that Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has lost one of its members as the result of the fighting in Iraq.
 
The reports claim IRGC member Alireza Moshajari thus became the first Iranian "martyr" in the fight against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
 
Other conservative sites, however, have reported that Moshajari was killed in an accident in Iran while on duty. It wasn't clear from the reports whether he had been on a mission inside of Iran or returning from a mission from abroad.
 
According to the reports, Moshajari was killed on June 14. His funeral was held in Tehran on June 16.
 
There has been no official Iranian reaction to the reports, which also suggested that Moshajari was among Iranians who had previously traveled to Syria to defend the Sayida Zeinab shrine on the outskirts of Damascus (here and here).
 
The hard-line Tasnim news agency, affiliated with the IRGC, posted pictures of Moshajari's funeral while saying that he was killed in "an accident" in Iran's Western provinces while on "a mission."
 
The report appears to have been removed.
 
A picture of Moshajari wearing his IRGC uniform has been widely shared on Google+, a preferred social media network of hard-liners, who have "congratulated" him over his "martyrdom" in Iraq.
 
A picture of Moshajari's bloodied face was also making the rounds.
 
One user, who said he was a friend of Moshajari, wrote that he was killed after he returned from a mission in Iraq.
 
"My good friend martyr Alireza Moshajari is the first martyr of the defense of the Askari shrine" -- a Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra -- "he had also traveled a number of times to Syria to defend the shrine of Zeinab and Roghayeh," Abbas Kolahduz wrote on Google+.
 
He added that through his "martyrdom," Moshajari had joined "his master Imam Hussein," the first imam of Shi'ites.
 
Another social-media user who identified herself as Moshajari's neighbor described him as "the first martyr of the support for Iraqi Shi'ites against Takfiris," according to a report by Shahidnews.com.
 
The website said the user, Hanieh Pourahmad, had written about Moshajari on the Iranian social network Cloob.com.
 
Pictures of Moshajari's funeral, posted by an IRGC website, show dozens of people carrying a casket shrouded in the Iranian flag.
 
Ghasam.ir did not explain Moshajari's death.
 
Nasimonline.ir, which also covered Moshajari's funeral, was silent about the circumstances of his "martyrdom."
 
Western media have reported that the IRGC has dispatched several of its units to help the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki battle the ISIL's militants and halt their rapid advances.
 
Iranian officials have denied the reports while expressing readiness to help Iraq in its fight against ISIL.
 
-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: peter from: ottawa
June 19, 2014 13:22
So what if another rafidite bites the dust. I wonder if he was given a plastic key to get into hell because that's where he is now. Cheers

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 19, 2014 20:21
All these ISIL/Dash guys in Iraq will end up the same way their friends ended up in Syria. They will simply be demolished by Baschar and Hezbollah, on the one hand, and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the other (with the Russian and Chinese help, of course). Whereas the Beavuses and the Saudis will be standing by, stupidly looking at their plans of dominating the Middle East unravel and having no idea what to do next. Hillary Clinton will most probably come up with a couple of nonsensical statements the way she always does. And in the meantime, the US-sponsored terrorists will continue vanishing - just ask Baschar, he has a few interesting stories to tell on this issue :-)).
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by: Ivan from: Santa Cruz
June 20, 2014 16:56
Assad said he will "set the middle east on fire". With the help of Russia, China, and Iran, he did. You are absolutely right in saying they will clean it up, they should, they intentionally created this mess. Maliki kicked the US out of Iraq and buddied up to Iran. Iran is doing the right thing sending ground troops. Now they need to send in their jets and helicopters full of barrel bombs to wipe out the sunnis.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 20, 2014 18:45
Well, ok, Ivan, barrel bombs and "wiping out the sunnis" was your idea. I am pretty sure that the majority of the Sunnis population in Syria and Iraq do not want to have those US- ad Saudi-sponsored ISIL/Dash guys, so it will just be necessary for Iran, Russia and China to help them liberate themselves from all those agents of the US influence in the region.

by: jojnjo from: Dublin
June 20, 2014 02:33
Watch now...& see the Middle East implode in on itself & outwards on the rest of the world. Obama should have sighted this possibility before he brought the last of the troops out of Iraq, because now he might have to bring them all back again so as (he or his successor) to bring them out again in God knows when?

Also, he should have gone in to Syria at the start of conflict when a good number of Assad's troops were defecting. Then he could have avoided the horrible mess that is now there & the further mess that's happening in Iraq. His & the worlds inaction at the mass murders/rapes/ & displacements of civilians in Syria has nurtured the new minds that want to take revenge out on the West for doing nothing of significance to help them in their hour of need.

And these new minds will make 9/11 seem tiny as to what they're about to inflict on the West as opportunities arise. Obama should have being half dove/half hawk...rather than be the complete dove since taking office in 2008/09 then he might have left a safer world around for the rest of us into the future & a better legacy written up for himself. On both counts, he will have failed.


I know, it's easy to talk in hindsight, but watch now as everything I have written in my comment, becomes "Hindsight" of the future.

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