Report: Did Israel Have a Hand in Soleimani’s Assassination?

January 13, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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Qassem Soleimani’s grave site in Iran

Monday, 13 January 2020 | An NBC report supported international speculation that Israel played a part in the assassination of Iran’s top general earlier this month.

Four US Hellfire missiles ended the decades-long reign of Qassam Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The notorious general was killed in a drone strike outside of Baghdad’s international airport after flying from Syria to Iraq.

The American operation that on January 3 took down one of Iran’s most powerful leaders—second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—depended on local intelligence to pinpoint the exact whereabouts of the general. Informants at Syria’s Damascus airport tipped off the CIA about Soleimani’s route—information that Israeli intelligence confirmed, according to the NBC report, which cited two people involved in the operation and two American officials who had been briefed on the details of the operation.

As head of the Quds Force—the military branch responsible for exporting the Islamic regime’s terrorism to areas outside of Iran—Soleimani was the Iranian supreme leader’s right hand man for entrenching and strengthening Tehran’s position in nations across the region, especially in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. He was the puppet master behind countless terror attacks that took Israeli and American lives.

After the attack, Israel proudly patted the US on the back for its achievement in taking down the terror chief, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly told his security cabinet to keep quiet after the operation, the Jerusalem Post reported. Why?

The friendship between Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump over the years has led to a close friendship and alliance between the two nations. This provides military and intelligence advantages for both, but it also makes Israel a vicarious target for its unfriendly neighbors who wish to punish the US but don’t want to risk American retribution.

Therefore, after Trump eliminated Soleimani—in retaliation for an Iranian strike on a US military base in Iraq that killed an American contractor—the Jewish state most likely kept its mouth shut to avoid a revenge attack from the angered Islamic regime.

The Jewish state has a knack for knowing when and where weapons are being shipped from Iran to its proxies in the region and has a knack for thwarting terror attacks before they happen. Did Israel have a hand in Soleimani’s assassination? Probably—and most likely played a bigger role than it’s letting on.

Posted on January 13, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, January 13, 2020)

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