The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced on Thursday that a plot hatched by the Israeli and Arab intelligence services to assassinate Commander of IRGC’s Quds Force Major General Qassem Suleimani inside Iran has been foiled.
The Director of the IRGC Intelligence Service, Hojjatoleslam Hossein Taeb said Israeli and Arab security services had been masterminding a plot for several years to assassinate General Suleimani during the Shiite mourning ceremonies and trigger a religious war inside the Islamic Republic.
“Several years of orchestrating and planning of Hebrew-Arabic intelligence services for assassinating General Suleimani as well as creating religious war was foiled,” Taeb said.
He made the remarks on Thu. in 23rd Supreme Assembly of IRGC Commanders and said, “after the failure of various sedition and conspiracies to surrender Islamic Republic of Iran, launch of bipolar war and resistance as well as its counterproductive effects, enemies of the Islamic Revolution and noble nation of Islamic Iran sought to materialize their malicious objectives in southeast part of the country during Muharram and Fatemiyah mourning ceremonies but they failed thanks to the vigilant security and intelligence forces of the country as well as measures taken by IRGC’s Ground Forces.”
Frustrated by their inability to act in an anti-security move, they [enemies] operated their vicious plan orchestrated for several years to assassinate Chief Commander of IRGC Quds brigade, General Suleimani in order to target him inside the country and in Kerman province, Hojjatoleslam Taeb stated.
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IRGC Intelligence Chief Reveals Terror Plot against General Soleimani
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Intelligence Department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Hojjatoleslam Hossein Ta’eb disclosed enemies’ plots to assassinate IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Southeastern Iran last Summer.
Ta’eb revealed that the terrorist team which had entered Iran last winter wanted to purchase a house near the mosque built by the late father of General Soleimani in Kerman in Southeastern Iran and then plant 350kg to 500kg of ammunitions in a canal to be dug under the mosque to detonate it and assassinate General Soleimani when he came to the mosque as an annual tradition for Tasou’a and Ashoura mourning ceremony for the third Imam of Shiites Imam Hossein (AS) late in Summer.
“They wanted to launch a religious war by this ominous measure and say that it was a retaliation operation from inside the country,” he added.
Ta’eb underlined that the 3-member terrorist team who had even moved to a neighboring country to be trained for the assassination operations came under raid thanks to the IRGC’s intelligence superiority, and added that they were all captured at the order of the IRGC commander before Ashoura and Tasou’a (September 9 and 10).
The enemies were so much confident of the success of the Arab-Israeli plot that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said earlier that they would assassinate General Soleimani but the plot was foiled and the terrorists were arrested by the IRGC intelligence forces, he concluded.
In January, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida claimed that Washington gave Israel the green light to assassinate General Soleimani.
Al-Jarida, which in recent years had broken exclusive stories from Israel, quoted a source in Jerusalem as saying that “there is an American-Israeli agreement” that General Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region.”
It is generally assumed in the Arab world that the paper is used as an Israeli platform for conveying messages to other countries in the Middle East.