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A militant holds an ISIS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Erbil, London- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Sunday that Kheirallah Ahmadi Far, one of its commanders linked to the Nabi al-Akram Corps, was killed during battles with ISIS near the Iraqi city of Tal Afar west of Mosul.

The commander was operating in the area as an advisor to the Popular Mobilization Forces.

The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency ISNA quoted on Sunday head of the Revolutionary Guards PR official in the Kermanshah province Colonel Fardin Kahramani as saying that Ahmadi was killed during a military operation in Mosul, adding that his body would be transferred to Iran in the coming days.

Separately spokesperson for the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Hamid Mueala, who attended the meeting between the visiting Shi’ite delegation headed by Ammar al-Hakim and the Kurdish President Masoud Barzani in Erbil last Saturday, said that the two sides have discussed the issue of Kurdistan’s independence.

It is premature to talk about such independence, he said, claiming the Kurds have recently proved that they are true partners in the political process.

Mueala told Rudaw TV on Sunday that the issue “was rather one of the topics stating that ‘if we did not reach satisfactory solutions [with Baghdad] which reflect the aspirations of the people of Kurdistan,’ then the issue of independence is one of the options that we may seek.”