The death of a top Iranian military commander in Syria this week has dealt a "psychological blow" to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official.
Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani was killed outside Aleppo, Syria, where he was advising the Syrian army in its fight against extremists, Iranian state media reported Friday.
CNN also claims:
The United States and Iran both say they are fighting ISIS terrorists, but in practice they have different goals: The United States is supporting rebels trying to oust Assad, while Assad's close ally Iran became involved to defend his regime.
"I'm not sure it's the Iranian objective to beat ISIS," said Gerecht. "I think the primary Iranian objective is to ensure that Assad does not fall."
The US and Iran indeed both say they are fighting ISIS terrorists. And while the US "accidentally" is supplying ISIS with weapons, fighters, and even fleets of brand new Toyota trucks, Iran has lost a senior commander on the ground who was clearly fighting them face-to-face.The loss of General Hamedani also reveals that indeed the Russian-led Syrian-Iranian-Iraqi anti-terror coalition is fighting ISIS in tandem with other terrorist groups - who despite claims by the United States - are ideologically, tactically, strategically, and politically indistinguishable from ISIS itself.
Monster Revealed - A Call to Arms of the Civilized World
Again, the prophetic words written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 New Yorker article titled, "The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" must be recalled (emphasis added):
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
With a senior Iranian general dead, and ISIS and America's "rebels" who are obviously also ISIS edging in on the Syrian government, the world should now finally see clearly what was planned as early as 2007 and what many have suspected since the beginning of Russia's recent intervention in the conflict is now unfolding completely in the open. The United States and its regional allies have created this force of mass-murdering terror to intentionally direct against its enemies.
The death of General Hossein Hamedani and America's celebratory mood in its wake is a call to arms of the entire civilized world. Stop the US and it's now transparent, naked evil in Syria now - shoulder-to-shoulder with the Russian-Syrian-Iranian-Iraqi coalition - or fight them by yourself inevitably in the future.
America Finds its "Power Move" to Counter Russia
The next step for Russia and Syria's allies, including Iran and China, is clear. This will not stop in Syria - it is clearly aimed next at Iran, and then beyond. Full-scale intervention by Iran and a sizable commitment by China will be necessary to block Washington's next move - a counterstroke hastily planned and hoped to deter, disrupt, and completely displace Russia's goal of ending the conflict and restoring Syria's stability.