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IRAN CLAIMS IT THWARTED ARAB-ISRAELI PLOT TO ASSASSINATE IRGC QUDS FORCE LEADER SOLEIMANI

The assassins planned to dig under a religious site associated with Soleimani’s father and set off an explosion under the building when he was inside, and then try to deflect blame so that it ignited an interfaction religious war.

Iran says it foiled ‘Israel-Arab’ plot to assassinate top military commander

Three arrested in plan that allegedly involved blowing up Qassem Soleimani during a memorial service for his father

By TOI STAFF Today, 2:00 pm 

Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (YouTube screenshot)

Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (YouTube screenshot)

Iran thwarted what it described as an “Israel-Arab” plot to assassinate General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iranian media reported Thursday.

The Guard’s intelligence chief, Hossein Taeb, told an annual conference of IRGC commanders that three people had been arrested in connection with the plan.

Taeb said the plot had been worked on for a number of years and involved blowing up Soleimani at a memorial service for his father during the Muslim holy month of Muharram, which begin in early September, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The assassins planned to dig under a religious site associated with Soleimani’s father and set off an explosion under the building when he was inside, and then try to deflect blame so that it ignited an interfaction religious war.

The assassins prepared some 500 kilograms to use for the bomb, Taeb revealed. He did not name any specific Arab country as being involved in the alleged plan.

Israel has over the last few years intensified its outreach to Arab countries, especially in the Gulf, amid rising tensions with Iran, a common enemy. Clandestine relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia focus mainly on security issues, especially given the mutual enmity to Iran, is well-known.

IRAN CLAIMS IT THWARTED ARAB-ISRAELI PLOT TO ASSASSINATE IRGC QUDS FORCE LEADER SOLEIMANI

ANNA AHRONHEIM

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani (left) stands on the frontlines during an offensive operation against Islamic State in the town of Tal Ksaiba, in Iraq, in 2015. (photo credit:” STRINGER/ REUTERS)

IRGC’s Head of Intelligence claims cell wanted to dig a tunnel and detonate 500 kilos of explosives to kill Soleimani. The Iranian government on Thursday said that it had foiled an Arab-Israeli plot to assassinate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qud’s Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, the IRGC’s Head of Intelligence Hossein Ta’eb said that Tehran foiled a plot of several years to kill Soleimani and that three suspects in the alleged cell had been arrested.

Ta’eb said that the cell had plans to assassinate Soleimani during Shiite mourning ceremonies to “trigger a religious war inside Iran.”

“Frustrated by their failure to upset security in Iran or to harm the IRGC military bases, the enemies had hatched an extensive plot to hit Major General Soleimani in his home province of Kerman,” Ta’eb was quoted as saying.

According to him, the team planned to enter into Iran and buy a house near a congregation hall for Shiite commemoration ceremonies which belonged to Soleimani’s father. The team then reportedly planned to dig a tunnel under the congregation hall and plant 350-500 kilogram of explosives and detonate it “as soon as Major General Soleimani went to the mourning ceremony like every year.”

Ta’eb stated that the IRGC had been watching the team, which had been planning the attack for several years,  before they entered the Islamic Republic

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