Report: Iranian General Killed in Syria Strike Died Because 'He Kept His Phone On'

Mohammed Ali Allahdadi, serving as an adviser to the Syrian army, reportedly failed to turn his cellular device off in an area monitored intensively by Israeli intel.

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An Iranian general killed by a strike on the Syrian Golan Heights last Sunday that was attributed to Israel died because he failed to turn his cell phone off, Maariv reported.

Mohammed Ali Allahdadi, a senior Iranian general serving as an adviser to the Syrian army, died along with five other Iranians and six Hezbollah officers in the January 18 strike on Quneitra. 

According to the Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria, an investigation conducted by the Shi'ite group Hezbollah concluded that Allahdadi had kept his phone on, despite him being in an area monitored intensively by Israeli intelligence, meaning that it was possible to determing his whereabouts. 

The Israeli army has neither confirmed nor denied the reports that it was responsible for the strike. 

Allahdadi was on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with Hezbollah members visiting outposts constructed as a measure against rebels fighting the Assad regime. 

According to the Maariv report, another Iranian officer – in charge of transcribing the protocols agreed between the officials present during the tour, in particular Allahdadi's instructions – was also killed in the strike.  

Also killed in the strike was Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh. His father, who was on the United States’ most wanted list for attacks on Israeli and Western targets, was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. It is widely assumed that Israel planted the car bomb that killed him; Jerusalem has neither confirmed nor denied this.