A senior Iranian military official was seriously wounded in an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing attack near Baghdad several days ago, Israel’s Ch. 2 News said, citing unconfirmed reports.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Maj.-Gen. Qassem Solaimani, who heads the Qods (Jerusalem) Force and oversees Iranian activities in all Arab countries, was traveling near Samara north of the Iraqi capital when the attack occurred, according to the reports.
Solaimani was hospitalized in Tehran and appointed a deputy to take over his duties, according to the sources.
Another officer under his command, Gen. Mahdi Nirozi, who headed the brigades’ Basij militia commando forces, was killed in a similar suicide bombing along with about a dozen others, three days ago.
In a related development, at the end of December, IS terrorists succeeded in downing a Jordanian coalition jet flying over a-Rakka, in northern Syria and taking the pilot alive, according to local reports. This was the first such success since the beginning of international coalition attacks against IS forces in Syria and Iraq.
Photos published by the jihadist group showed what appeared to be the pilot, shortly after he was apprehended.
A Syrian monitoring group said that “we confirmed the reports, according to which the Islamic state organization captured an Arab pilot who was not Syrian, after his plane was brought down by an anti-aircraft missile near the city of a-Rakka.”
The US-led coalition against IS has carried out hundreds of attacks on the organization’s positions in recent months. Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have officially joined the attacks, with Qatar providing logistical support for the campaign. IS, however, is still raising funds and support in several Gulf Arab states.