Update February 18, 2015

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Iranian fighter killed in clashes with ISIS in Iraq

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18 February 2015, Nirapad News: An Iranian news agency reported on Tuesday that an Iranian fighter had died during a battle with the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Tuesday’s report by the semi-official Fars agency identified the fighter as Mohammad Hadi Zolfaghari. It said he died fighting “terrorists” in Samarra, a city located 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

It described him as a “defender of Shiite holy sites,” of which there are many in Iraq. Samarra is also home to a major Shiite shrine. The report did not elaborate.

Shiite Iran said it had sent military advisers to assist Iraq and Syria in battling the Sunni militants but denied sending combat forces.

In December, a senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was killed during a battle against the Islamic State, also near Samarra.

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