Ali al-Tamimi (front R), governor of Baghdad, arrives with Iraqi forces and mainly Shiite Muslim volunteers at the Al-Askari Shrine in the predominantly-Sunni Muslim city of Samarra, 124 kms from Baghdad on July 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO/STR
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An Iranian pilot has been killed while fighting in Iraq, state media reported Saturday, in what is thought to be Tehran's first military casualty during battles against Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadists.President Hassan Rouhani vowed last month that Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, would protect Shiite holy sites in Iraq, including in Samarra.Fars did not give any details, but hinted that Alamdari Mourjani was a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, whose elite Quds Force is believed to be on the ground and assisting Iraqi forces, despite Tehran's denials.
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