Hamid Taghavi

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) announced in a statement on Sunday December 28 that Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi, a Revolutionary Guard commander, was killed in Iraq “during an advisory mission”.

According to the statement, Brigadier General Taghavi was taking part in advisory missions against “Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in Samarra, Iraq”.

Samarra, which is 110 kilometres north of Baghdad, is predominantly Sunni and is also home to the shrine of the tenth and eleventh Imams of Shias. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces have recently intensified their attacks in this region.

Some sources have identified Hamid Taghavi as a commander of Revolutionary Guards Qods forces, which is the international branch of the IRGC.

The IRGC previously confirmed that its forces are present in Iraq providing advisory and training aid to Iraqi government forces against ISIS.