Iranian pilot 'killed fighting in Iraq': state media

An unveiling ceremony for Iran's domestically designed and built Qaher (Conqueror) F-313 fighter aircraft in Tehran on February 2, 2013An 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 jihadists. Iran’s official IRNA news agency did not say whether the pilot died while flying sorties or fighting on the ground. It said Colonel Shoja’at Alamdari Mourjani was killed while “defending” Shiite Muslim holy sites in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad. His death comes after Iran’s declarations that it will provide its western neighbour with whatever it needs to counter the Sunni militants who are laying siege to the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

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