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,

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