An Iranian Revolutionary Guards colonel was killed on Sunday in Tehran – just outside his home.
Hassan Sayad al-Khudayari was in the driver’s seat of his car when he was killed in broad daylight.
Khodayari was a prominent member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. And the official Iranian news agency (IRNA) reported that gunmen shot him five times, Sunday, on a motorcycle.
The murder took place outside Khodeiri’s home near the parliament in Tehran.
The famous colonel is described as “the defender of the sanctuary,” referring to the Iranians who fought against ISIS in Syria and Iraq under the elite force known as Al Quds. Iran has been a major military backer of the Syrian regime.
The colonel was kept very low on sight, and there is little information about him.
But in general, Jerusalem officers tend to be shadow figures who carry out covert military missions, including for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Associated Press writes.
It was not known who was behind the attack, but the Revolutionary Guards referred in a statement to “elements linked to global arrogance.” The term is a typical reference to the United States, Israel and their allies, writes AP.
The security forces are now looking for the person or people behind them.
The assassination of Colonel Khodayari is the most famous assassination attempt reported by the Iranian authorities since 2020. At that time, Israel Accused of killing Mohsen Fakhrizadehwho has been described as one of the main architects behind Iran’s nuclear program.
Killed in an assassination attempt outside Tehran When gunmen attacked his car.
At the same time that the Iranian colonel was killed on Sunday, Iranian media reported that the Revolutionary Guards’ security forces had exposed and arrested members of an Israeli intelligence network operating in the country. They did not say whether this had anything to do with Khedary’s killing.
According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz The colonel was accused of being behind plans to attack Israeli businessmen and diplomats abroad.
The Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards oversees foreign operations and is subject to frequent Israeli air strikes in Syria. In March, Israeli forces killed two soldiers near Damascus. In return, Iran fired missiles into northern Iraq, he writes Al Jazeera.
In January 2020, Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed during a US airstrike in Iraq. The White House and the Pentagon confirmed Soleimani’s killing, saying the attack was carried out to ward off future Iranian attacks.
Attacks on scientists
At least six Iranian researchers and academics have been killed or attacked since 2010, many of them shot by motorcyclists, Al Jazeera writes.
It is believed that the motive behind the killings is Iran’s nuclear program, which according to the West aims to produce a bomb. Iranian authorities deny this, saying that the nuclear program has peaceful purposes. They denounced the killing of their researchers, describing it as terrorist acts “carried out by Western and Israeli intelligence agencies.”
– This is not the first time that an assassination attempt has taken place in Tehran. There have been examples in the past. Abbas Aslani, a senior researcher at the Center for Strategic Studies in the Middle East, told Al Jazeera that the Israelis and Americans were wrong most of the time.
Israel declined to comment on the allegations.
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