Attack in Golan Exposes Iran’s Growing Presence along Israel’s Borders – Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 20, 2015)
Hizbullah confirmed that an attack was conducted against a joint Iranian-Hizbullah reconnaissance operation in Mazrat al-Amal in the Kuneitra area on the Golan Heights.
In addition to the death of six Hizbullah operatives headed by Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of the notorious Imad Mughniyeh, at least three Iranian Quds Force commanders were killed including Gen. Mohammed Allahdadi, Ali Tabatabai, and an additional Iranian by the name of Assadi, who was, in all likelihood, the commander of the Iranian expeditionary forces in Syria.
Tabatabai was responsible on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps for the Golan front with Hizbullah’s Jihad Mughniyeh.
Gen. Allahdadi was the IRGC liaison officer to Hizbullah and to Syrian Intelligence and in charge of the weapons shipments from Iran to Hizbullah.
The fact that at least three high-ranking IRGC officers were killed in the attack highlights once more that Iran perceives Syria and Lebanon as Tehran’s first line of defense against Israel.