Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi visited Syria in March and rumors about his injury in the last few days are no more than “psychological warfare”, his deputy said on Sunday.
“Brigadier General Naqdi traveled to Syria to visit the Shiite shrines during Nowruz holidays (March 20-April 1), … none of the media outlets was informed that the visit had been paid in March and the report has surfaced the media only in the past few days,” Brigadier General Ali Fazli said.
“Brigadier General Naqdi had traveled to Syria during the Nowruz holiday and enemy claims about his injury in Syria in the last few days was just a part of psychological operations,” he added.
Earlier today, an informed source had also denied reports by the Israeli daily, Haaretz, that General Naqdi was wounded by Israeli forces or terrorists during a publicized visit this weekend to Southern Syria.
“The Basij commander is fully healthy and doing his daily jobs; the spread of such rumors is the result of the Zionists’ anger after photos (that appeared on the media) showed Brigadier General Naqdi’s powerful presence in Quneitra and the Golan Heights,” the source told FNA on Sunday.
Pictures of General Naqdi were released by the Iranian media on Wednesday, one of which shows him surveying the scene with binoculars and the other has him inspecting destruction at sites that reports on the visit said were part of a situation assessment and inspection on the ground.
Also reports said that General Naqdi met with units of the Syrian army and from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group that have been confronting the terrorists in Syria.