Senior Iranian General Lightly Wounded in Syria

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Qassem Soleimani, left, during operations against Islamic State in northern Iraq's Salahuddin province, March 8, 2015.Credit: Reuters

General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations wing, sustained light injuries fighting against Syrian rebels near Aleppo, AFP reported Wednesday based on the reports of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a "security source."

According to the security force quoted by AFP Soleimani "was injured a few days ago" in the southwest of Aleppo province. The French news agency also Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, saying that the Iranian general was "lightly injured three days ago in the Al-Eis area in the south of Aleppo province."

A spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards, Rameza Sharif, was quoted in AFP's report as saying that Soleimani was "in perfect health and full of energy."

Soleimani is one of the Guards’ chief strategists who operates primarily beyond Iran’s borders, Soleimani was voted No. 2 in an online Man of the Year poll conducted by an Iranian news website. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif won the poll.

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