Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps leader reportedly eliminated in Syria strike

An Israeli airstrike launched at the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria on Monday reportedly killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a Lebanese security source speaking to Reuters. Journalists at the scene in the Syrian capital saw smoke rising from the rubble of a building that was flattened in the airstrike. “We do not comment on reports in the foreign media,” an Israeli military spokesperson told Reuters when asked about the matter. The U.S. Treasury said in 2010 that Zahedi “has also acted as a liaison to Hezbollah and Syrian intelligence services and is reportedly charged with guaranteeing weapons shipments to Hezbollah.” Hezbollah and the Israeli military have frequently been engaged in cross-border skirmishes since the onset of the civil war on Oct. 7. Israel said in February that it carried out a strike in Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces had announced that an overnight airstrike targeting a “Hezbollah military structure” in Nabatieh killed Ali Muhammad Aldbas, a senior commander of the Radwan forces. His deputy commander, Ibrahim Issa, and an additional terrorist were killed in the attack, according to IDF. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.’ Thomas Ferraro and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.