Two Iranian military advisers were killed by the Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria on Thursday.
Hassan Abdullah Zadeh and Muhsin Abbassi died in an IS ambush between the cities of Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra, the Russian state media outlet RT Arabic reported. The advisers were members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), according to RT’s correspondent in Tehran.
The IRGC is an active military force throughout Iran and the Middle East. Iranian forces fight on the side of the government in the Syrian civil war, as does Russia.
IS lost its last Syrian territory to the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in 2019. The group is still active in Syria, however, particularly near Deir ez-Zor. IS attacked Syrian government forces there in March.