US Amy Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino, former Combat Adviser to the Kurdish Peshmerga, brought us interesting news. Kurdish sources reported Iranian Quds Force commander, Gen. Qasem Suleimani has been wounded in action near Aleppo, Syria and evacuated to Tehran. If confirmed this is a stunning development as Suleimani was de facto commander of combined Iranian, Syrian national and Hezbollah forces propping up the Assad regime and directing Shiite militias in Iraq. This news comes following reports of IRGC heavy casualties in Syria. This will not be good news for the alleged interests of Putin in Syria. The issue is who caught Suleimani and his security unawares in Syria, Was it the Free Syrian Army, ISIS, al Nusrah, or the Syrian Kurdish YPG?
Here is the Kurdish BASNews report.
TEHRAN – Local media are reporting that Iranian Quds Force Commander General Qassem Suleimani has been wounded in fighting in Syria, and is currently receiving medical treatment in Tehran.
Al-Arabiya TV claims that Amir Mousavi, director of the Center for Strategic Studies and International Relations in Tehran has confirmed Suleimani is injured and is in a stable condition in hospital.
In a press conference, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that while they have heard the news, they cannot confirm it.
Syrian opposition media reported that Suleimani wounded about 12 days ago in clashes around Aleppo, northern Syria, with two others. So far the Iranian government has not commented.
There were also reports in late October that claimed Suleimani was wounded in Syria; however the Iranian army dismissed the rumors. Iranian casualties in Syria are on the rise, notably the death of Hussein Hamadani, a senior Iranian commander and close friends of Suleimani.
According to media reports, in the last two months alone almost 80 Iranian soldiers have been killed by anti-Syrian regime forces.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.