Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Buries General 'Martyred' in Syria and Vows Israel Will Pay

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Buries General 'Martyred' in Syria and Vows Israel Will Pay

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Amid a wave of prayers and vengeful rhetoric toward Israel, Iran on Wednesday buried an army general killed in a presumed Israeli airstrike alongside six senior Hezbollah members in southern Syria.

Iranians have grown used to burying "martyrs" of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) who have died fighting Sunni militants in Syria.

But as hundreds of uniformed Guard officers reached out to touch and carry the coffin of Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi - with sprays of rosewater flashing through Tehran's chill morning air - it was clear this death was different.

"This is our first martyred commander, who was killed directly with a Zionist bullet," said the master of ceremonies in a prayer hall just inside the gate of an expansive IRGC base in eastern Tehran.

The IRGC commander, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, warned Tuesday that Israel faced "imminent collapse" and "should expect devastating thunderbolts; they have seen our anger in the past."

He also said the fact that a senior Iranian officer was killed alongside Lebanon-based Hezbollah fighters, on a joint mission in the Golan Heights close to Israel's border, "showed that the Islamic revolution has bypassed geographical borders and a unified Islamic front is established."

Axis of resistanceIran has long declared itself leader of an axis of resistance - along with Hezbollah, Syria, and Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad - against US and Israeli influence in the region.

Iran and Hezbollah have deepened their role in Syria over the last two years on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad. The US, Turkey, and several Sunni Arab nations have backed anti-Assad rebels.

As Gen. Allahdadi's coffin lay nearby, Maj. Gen. Jafari said Wednesday that "the combination of Quneitra martyrs is a promising sign of victory in [Jerusalem].... We hope that the shameful Zionist stain in Muslim regions would soon be removed. …

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