Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will pull out senior officers deployed in Syria following several Israeli attacks in recent months, according to a report by Reuters on Thursday.

Since December, Israeli strikes in Syria have killed at least half a dozen Iranian officers, including one of the IRGC’s top intelligence generals.

Five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Iran had no intention of leaving Syria entirely, but was now reconsidering the best approach since the war on Gaza broke out on 7 October.

The sources said the senior and mid-ranking officers had withdrawn to prevent Iran being dragged directly into a regional war.

Several Iranian-backed groups, including in LebanonYemenIraq and Syria, have directly engaged with Israeli and US forces since 7 October.