Iranian and Syrian sources publicly admitted Sunday that Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers were active in combat in Syria, with the announcement of the death of Maj.Gen. Mahdi Qarah Mohammadi, commander of the IRGC’s Jundi al-Quds unit, in a battle with ISIS in the Deir ez-Zour region. Seven IRGC soldiers were also killed. DEBKAfile adds: Syrian officials are now making no secret of IRGC combatants being part of their fighting strength against ISIS. This refutes Russian and Israeli assertions that there are no Iranian military forces in the country.