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Senior Iranian commander visits Mughniyeh’s grave

Qasem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, pays respects to slain Hezbollah commander in Beirut

Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, attends a meeting of Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran, September 17, 2013. (AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, File)
Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, attends a meeting of Guard commanders in Tehran, Iran, September 17, 2013. (AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader, File)

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard Corps, paid a visit Thursday to the Beirut grave of Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander killed in a reported Israeli airstrike on Syria earlier this month.

Soleimani, a close friend of Mughniyeh, was seen laying wreaths at the graves of Hezbollah fighters killed in the strike near the Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Iranian PressTV reported.

The January 18 strike reportedly targeted the leaders of a substantial new Hezbollah terror hierarchy that was set to attempt kidnappings, rocket attacks and other assaults on military and civilian targets in northern Israel. The unit involved Hezbollah commander Mughniyeh and IRGC Quds Force commander Soleimani, a Channel 2 report last week said. The report gave no indication at the time that Soleimani was in the region.

Footage from the Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen showed Soleimani sitting beside Mughniyeh’s grave.

The younger Mughniyeh attended the funeral of Soleimani’s mother in Tehran on September 14, 2013.

According to a semi-official Iranian Fars news report, Soleimani and Mughniyeh, the son of senior Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, had a relationship “deeper than that of a young man with his father’s friend, and those who didn’t know, imagined that he was indeed his son.”

Imad Mughniyeh was killed in 2008 in an operation widely thought to have been ordered by Israel.

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