A commander belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other inferiors were killed in an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) strike in eastern Syria over the weekend; Israel and/or the US are suspected to be responsible for the strike.

On Sunday, a commander belonging to the IRGC and additional subordinates were killed in a UAV strike in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq. The strike took place in the city of Al Qaim and resulted in a total of three deaths. The commander is believed to have been an officer for the IRGC’s Quds Force as well.

With Iran maintaining the title of the world’s number one sponsor of terror, the White House designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization in 2019. The Quds Force is one of five branches of the IRGC and is considered to be its elite sector. It is this branch that is largely responsible for Iran’s clandestine operations.

Eastern Syria is no stranger to Israeli and/or US airstrikes due to Iranian entrenchment in the region as the regime seeks an unhindered path to Lebanon. It is the region of the Iraq-Syria border that arguably sees the majority of strikes, especially in the last year. As of right now, the identity concerning who is responsible for this attack remains unknown, though the US is a primary suspect.

This attack deals Iran another significant blow following the killing of its top nuclear scientist last week.