Gunmen have killed an Iranian commander in Syria as rebels shot down two fighter jets and overran a town, dealing further setbacks for forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Iranians carry the coffin of a commander shot dead in Syria, during his funeral procession in Tehran, on February 14, 2013. Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Hassan Shateri was "martyred... at the hands of Zionist regime mercenaries and backers" while travelling by road between Damascus and Beirut.
The ambush on Thursday that killed the Revolutionary Guards commander, the downing of the aircraft in the northwest and the seizure of the town of Shadadeh near the Iraqi border amounted to four straight days of battlefield successes for the rebellion.
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