Body of Iranian fighter killed and held by Islamic State returned
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Body of Iranian fighter killed and held by Islamic State returned

Handover is part of Hezbollah-brokered deal to clear IS fighters from an area along the Lebanon-Syria border

Illustrative: Civilians and members of the armed forces carry the flag draped coffin of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi during his funeral ceremony outside the Guard compound in Tehran, Iran, January 21, 2015 (photo credit: AP/Vahid Salemi)
Illustrative: Civilians and members of the armed forces carry the flag draped coffin of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi during his funeral ceremony outside the Guard compound in Tehran, Iran, January 21, 2015 (photo credit: AP/Vahid Salemi)

BEIRUT — The media arm the Lebanon’s Hezbollah says the terror group has received the body of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard member recently captured and killed by the Islamic State group.

The handover of Mohsen Haji’s body is part of a controversial deal brokered by Hezbollah to clear IS fighters from an area along the Lebanon-Syria border.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said Thursday that Haji’s body was received by the group and is now awaiting a DNA test before being sent to Iran.

US airstrikes blocked the advance of an IS convoy carrying militants toward Iraq on Wednesday, derailing the Hezbollah-negotiated deal that removed some 600 extremists and civilians from the Lebanon-Syria border.

The evacuation agreement had angered many Iraqis, who accused Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah of dumping the militants on the Iraqi border.

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