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Iran denies news of IRGC official's death

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has denied recent rumours that Ghassem Soleimani, a commander of the Quds Force, the international branch of the IRGC, was killed in a bombing in Damascus.

Ghassem Soleimani

Sepah News reports that Ramazan Sharif, an IRGC public relations officer, said on Saturday: "Some Arab media in coordination with their Western counterparts, using the recent events in Syria, have targeted Iran in a hostile and immoral manner because of Iran's support for the Palestinian resistance."

"They have published several rumours about Iran including claiming Commander Soleimani was in Syria and present at the recent explosion in the National Security Council building in that country," Sharif added.

On Wednesday, a suicide bombing in Damascus at the National Security building led to the death of several senior Syrian officials.

Sharif claimed that these media "try to state their hopes and dreams in an attempt to deceive public minds."

Soleimani served as a commander in the Iran-Iraq War and was later appointed as the head of the Quds Force of the IRGC. Some Arab and American media have referred to his as the "shadowless general."

The United States Treasury has put Ghassem Soleimani's name on its list of sanctioned individuals.

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