World Bulletin / News Desk
An Iranian military adviser officer has been killed near the Iraqi city of Ramadi while advising Iraqi forces on how to recapture it from ISIL.
Jassem Nouri, who had also served as a military adviser in Syria, was killed on Thursday, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
"A seasoned (1980-88) Iran-Iraq war commander, Jassem Nouri was there as a military adviser to share his experience with the resistance fighters in Iraq," the city's Friday prayer leader Qassem Khaziravi told mourners.
Iran has provided weapons and military advisers to both Iraq and Syria but has denied reports that it has deployed any combat troops.
Ramadi is the capital of Anbar, a province west of Baghdad, and the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had previously avoided deploying Iran-backed militias to the area.
But the city's fall to the extremists of ISIL two weeks ago forced a change of policy.