BEIRUT - An Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander in charge of Tehran's
reconstruction assistance in Lebanon has been killed in Syria by rebels
battling Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian officials and a rebel
He said the attack was carried out by rebel fighters near the Syrian town of Zabadani, a few km from the Lebanese border.
Iranian embassy in Lebanon said Hessam Khoshnevis was killed in an
attack by "armed terrorist groups" on the road to Lebanon as he returned
to Beirut from Damascus.
Iran has been a strong backer of Assad
as he battles a 22-month uprising against his rule. The revolt has
spiralled into civil war in which the United Nations says nearly 70,000
people have been killed.