IRGC Vows Revenge for Israel Killing Iranian Military Advisor in Syria

An Iranian advisor was killed in Israeli airstrikes north of the city of Aleppo early Monday morning

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vowed on Wednesday that Israel will “pay” for killing an Iranian military advisor in Syria in strikes that hit targets north of Aleppo on Monday night.

Iranian media reported that IRGC advisor Saeed Abiyar was killed in the strikes, marking the first Iranian killed by Israel since the April 1 Israeli bombing of Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

“The child-killing Zionist criminals should know that they will pay for the innocent blood that was shed in this crime; they should wait for the response,” said IRGC chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami.

The April 1 consulate bombing, which killed a senior IRGC Quds Force commander, provoked the first-ever Iranian missile and drone attack on Israeli territory. Before April 1, Israel had a history of killing Iranian military advisors in Syria, but Iran’s response was usually very restrained if it responded at all.

The Israel consulate bombing marked a huge escalation since it was an attack on a diplomatic facility and killed a very high-level commander, so it provoked an Iranian response. The question now is if Tehran will try to hit back when lower-level Iranian officials are killed in Syria.

Israel has been bombing Syria with impunity for years and significantly ramped up the bombing after October 7. There was a lull in Israeli strikes after the April 1 consulate bombing, but now Israeli strikes on Syria have become frequent again, and the attacks always risk a major regional escalation.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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