TEHRAN - A senior Iranian military officer has been killed while advising Iraqi troops in their fight against the Islamic State group, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday. “Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was martyred during a mission to advise the army and Iraqi volunteers... in the city of Samarra,” north of Baghdad, said a statement from the elite Iranian military force. His funeral will be held on Monday in Tehran, it added. It has also armed Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Iran is not participating in a US-led coalition conducting air strikes against IS positions in Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

Iranian media have reported the deaths of several military personnel in both Iraq and Syria this year.