Siamand Mashhadani

Siamand Mashhadani was an alleged general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force (IRGC-QF),“US confirms bombing Iraq’s Shia Kata’eb Hezbollah militia after rocket strike at base near Baghdad killed 2 troops,” RT News, March 13, 2020, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for Iran’s proxy conflicts in the Middle East.“Anti-Terrorism Designations,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, March 27, 2012,

On March 13, 2020, Mashhadani and four other IRGC-QF members were purportedly killed in a U.S.-led airstrike that was carried out in retaliation for the deaths of two U.S. service members and a British soldier in a rocket attack on Camp Taji on March 11, 2020.Seth J. Frantzman, “Was Iranian IRGC General 'Siamand Mashhadani' killed in US airstrikes?,” J Post, March 13, 2020, The retaliatory airstrikes targeted five weapons storage facilities in Jurf al-Nasr, al-Musayyib, Najaf, and Alexandria used by Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH), an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq.Rebecca Kheel, “Top general: Iran threat 'remains very high' after US strikes on proxy militia in Iraq,” The Hill, March 13, 2020,; Jack Detsch, “Pentagon retaliates after deadly Iran-backed strikes on US troops,” Al-Monitor, March 13, 2020, Mashhadani reportedly played a role at the headquarters of the 46th and 47th KH brigades of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group for the Iran-backed Iraqi militias.Seth J. Frantzman, “Was Iranian IRGC General 'Siamand Mashhadani' killed in US airstrikes?,” J Post, March 13, 2020,; Phillip Smyth, “Making Sense of Iraq's PMF Arrests,” Washington Institute, April 26, 2019,

Extremist entity
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Type(s) of Organization:
Military, terrorist, transnational, violent
Ideologies and Affiliations:
Islamist, Khomeinist, Shiite, state actor

The IRGC is an Iranian government agency tasked with defending the regime against internal and external threats. The IRGC uses secret police methods against its opponents within Iran, and terrorist tactics against its enemies abroad.

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