Alleged Would-be Assassins of Qassem Soleimani Charged

By The Free Iranian Staff
Qassem Soleimani being awarded the Order of Zulfaqar by the Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, Khamenei. March 2019
Qassem Soleimani being awarded the Order of Zulfaqar by the Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, Khamenei. March 2019

Three men were indicted in Kerman on Wednesday, October 9th, in regard to an alleged plot to assassinate the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani.

Charged with acting against national security, warring against God, and aiding foreign intelligence agencies, the indictment issued by the office of Dadkhoda Salari, the prosecutor of Kerman province, revealed new details about the alleged assassination attempt.

First disclosed to the public a few days by Hossein Taeb, the head of the IRGC’s Intelligence Bureau, the attempt to kill Soleimani was said to have occurred in September. Taeb stated that the three indicted men had dug a ditch under a Kerman mosque that Soleimani was due to visit, and planted between 350kg and 500kg (771-1,102 pounds) of explosives there that they planned to detonate as the Qods Force general walked over it. Taeb claimed that the three men were working for “Hebrew-Arab” security services, and that the assassination of Soleimani was to “trigger a religious war inside Iran.”

In the indictment released today, Salari added that the IRGC had been monitoring the men for six months before their arrest, which came soon before the assassination was to take place. The prosecutor claimed that the accused men had been recruited and trained by an unnamed foreign intelligence agency, and provided with military and communications equipment.  

As the Khomeiniist regime routinely, almost invariably, claims that differing and often unnamed foreign spy agencies and their operatives interfere in Iran’s internal affairs and are responsible for practically all of Iran’s problems, many Iranians are have doubts about the allegations’ veracity.

If convicted, as they are expected to be, the three men face execution.

Qassem Soleimani has survived several assassination attempts in the past, the most notable one being a 2015 incident in which a Mossad plan to strike him in Syria was foiled after the US’s then-Obama Administration gave the Qods Force advance knowledge of the planned strike.  

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