By Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 29 May 2017
Sha’ban Nasiri, an advisor to Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and a key advisor to Iraq’s Hashd al-Shabi (Popular Mobilization Units), a cover group for Iran, was killed Friday night in western Mosul.
Nasiri is a former commander of the 10th Seyed al-Shohada Division in Alborz Province and has a long record of being active in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and taking part in the killings of defenseless people in these countries, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the Quds Force.
Who was Sha’ban Nasiri?
Nasiri was one of the individuals behind launching the IRGC in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran. He personally established the Youth Basij unit, a paramilitary force linked to the IRGC, in this city.
During the Iran-Iraq War he began serving as a field commander and was active in the IRGC Nosrat Base focusing on secret recon missions. Afterwards he was involved in establishing the 9th Badr Division, going on to serve as the division’s chief of staff under the command of former Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi.
The 9th Division was comprised of Iraqi mercenaries and was later upgraded to the Badr Corps. As the war with Iraq ended, this force came under the command of Hadi Ameri, committing numerous crimes against the Iraqi people, especially the Sunni community.
Former Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi (right) partiipating in ceremony held for Nasiri
Nasiri also played a special role in the training of IRGC Quds Force members.
As the Syrian people rose in resistance, Nasiri rushed to this country to prevent the fall of Bashar Assad. He launched horrific killings in Damascus and Aleppo, targeting civilians and Syrian opposition forces.
Due to his acquaintance with Iraqis in the 9th Badr Corps he was transferred to Karbala and Mosul, delivering his services as an advisor to the Hashd al-Shabi. He was injured around a month ago and taken to Iran for medical care, returning to Iraq after his rehab.
Approving Iran’s military presence in Iraq
Nasiri’s injury, and then killed, in Iraq conformed the claims made by Iraqi Sunnis of Iran’s forces and Hashd al-Shabi entering Mosul. Prior to this Iraq’s Sunni tribes, especially Neinawa Governor Atheel Nujaifi had expressed concerns over Iran’s Quds Force, along with Hashid al-Sha’bi, entering the Mosul area and intending to establish a ground link from western Mosul to northern Syria. By linking these two areas they would be able to a ground path to provide logistics to Assad’s government forces.
IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari recently said Iran has no forces in the fight for Mosul. Nasiri’s killing is in complete contrast to Jafari’s remarks.