The assassination of a commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on February 12 in Syria has sparked new questions on Iran’s involvement in that country. Iranian officials and news sources have named the man as Gen. Hassan Shateri. As a high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Guard, what was he doing in Syria?
General Shateri was murdered in an ambush as he drove along the road from Damascus to Beirut, Lebanon. Exact details surrounding the assassination are hazy at best, and no rebel group has come forward to claim responsibility. Iran has labeled Shateri as a martyr who died at the hands of Israeli-backed terrorists.