Two Iranian military advisers, one of them a senior Quds Force officer, were killed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in eastern Syria on Thursday. 

Hassan Abdollah Zadeh and Mohsen Abbassi died in an ISIS ambush between the cities of Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra, the Russian state media outlet Russia Today (RT) reported. The advisers were members of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force according to various news media sites in the Middle East. 

Iranian news media didn’t release the ranks and number of the killed or wounded as per usual Iranian practice.

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Nevertheless, the Arabic-language Orient News reported that 25 of the militia fighters accompanying the Iranian Quds Force members were killed along Major General Nizar Fahud of the Assad militia. It indicated, according to Syrian sources, that he was killed “while performing his national duty in the city of Sukhna in the eastern countryside of Homs.”