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WorldUS media: Israel admits responsibility for assassination of Iranian colonel

US media: Israel admits responsibility for assassination of Iranian colonel

It is reported that Israel admitted its responsibility for the assassination of Colonel Seyyad Khodayi, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army, which took place in the capital Tehran on May 22.

According to the news of the American “New York Times”, which is based on an intelligence official who does not want to be named, Israeli officials informed the United States that they were behind the assassination of the Iranian colonel.

Claiming that the killed Iranian colonel served as a senior in “Unit 840” within the Quds Force, which manages kidnapping and assassination operations against foreigners, including Israeli civilians and officials, Israeli officials called the Americans “a warning to Iran for the assassination to cease the operations of this unit.” conveyed that.

Israeli officials claimed that Colonel Hodayi was responsible for assassination attempts targeting Israeli, European and American civilians and government officials in countries such as Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates in the last 2 years.

Leakage of classified information given to Americans sparks confusion and anger in Tel Aviv

On the other hand, the Israeli newspaper “Jerusalem Post” and the leaking of the confidential information given by the Israeli authorities to the Americans by the New York Times caused confusion and anger in the Tel Aviv administration.

It was reported that Israeli security officials, who were waiting for an explanation from Washington on the subject, were concerned that Iran would target Israelis abroad in return for the assassination.

Iran blames Israel for attack

Colonel Hodayi, who was stated to have served in Syria within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Army, died on May 22, when he was shot in the head by two people on a motorcycle while he was waiting in his car in front of his home in Tehran.

The attack that shook the country was the highest-profile assassination in Iran since the assassination of top nuclear scientist Muhsin Fahrizade in November 2020.

Senior Iranian officials, especially President Ibrahim Reisi and Revolutionary Guards General Commander Major General Hussein Selami, blamed Israel for this attack, which had the characteristics of previous assassinations carried out by Israel.

The General Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Army, Major General Hussein Selami, said in a statement on May 23, “No bad action of the enemy will go unanswered.” Majid Mirahmedi, a member of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, also declared that the assassination was “definitely Israel’s work” and that his revenge would be taken.

The Israeli media, on the other hand, announced that after the assassination, the Tel Aviv administration went into a state of alarm in Israel’s embassies and representations around the world, “taking into account the possibility of Iran’s response.”

The allegation that with this attack, Israel aimed to undermine the possibility of reconciliation between Iran and the USA.

Although significant progress was made in the negotiations between Iran and the parties to the nuclear agreement in Vienna, which started in April 2021, the talks came to a deadlock due to some unresolved issues, especially Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Army’s request to be removed from the US “foreign terrorist organizations” list. .

There are evaluations in the Iranian media that Israel, which has been against the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the United Nations Security Council member states and Germany from the very beginning, aims to derail the nuclear talks in Vienna and undermine the possibility of reconciliation between Tehran and Washington on the issue of the Revolutionary Guards Army.

The US “Politico” news site, in my news published on May 24, based on senior Western officials, stated that US President Joe Biden has made the final decision not to be removed from the IRGC’s list of “foreign terrorist organizations”, and his decision was made by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. He also wrote that he had forwarded it to . Making a statement on his Twitter account the same day, Bennett also confirmed the news.

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