Scores of Pakistanis, Afghans, Iranians ‘killed in Syria’

Aleppo, Nov 14 (IANS/AKI) Over dozen of religiously devout Shia militants from Pakistan and Afghanistan, three Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers and dozens of Iranian militiamen have died in recent clashes in Syrias northwestern Aleppo province, according to media reports from the region.

Hadi Zahid, a commander of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, Zaikr Hussein of the Special Units and Mohamm Ali Mohammed Hosseini, a commander of the Commandos Unit were killed in the recent Aleppo clashes, reported al-Arabiya satellite TV.

The new casualties follow the killing of Iran’s state television reporter, Mohsin Khozaia in Aleppo on Saturday, al-Arabiya said. Khozaia been criticized for inciting sectarianism in his journalism.

Meanwhile, rebels in the neighbouring Syrian province of Idlib released a video showing an attack targeting a group of Iranian militias with a thermal rocket killing and injuring scores of them.

More than 3,000 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces have been killed in Syria, according to Iranian Farsi language media outlets.