TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard says one of its senior commanders was killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq.

The Guard said in an online statement Sunday that Brig. Gen. Hamid Taqavi was "martyred while performing his advisory mission to confront ISIS terrorists in Samarra."

Taqavi is believed to be the highest-ranking Iranian military officer to have been killed in Iraq while battling the Islamic State group, which captured large parts of northern and western Iraq earlier this year.

The Guard said Taqavi was assisting Iraqi troops and Shiite volunteers defending Samarra, a city north of Baghdad which is home to a major Shiite shrine. It said a funeral procession will be held in Tehran on Monday.

 

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