Iran Revolutionary Guards say intelligence chief replaced

Iran Revolutionary Guards say intelligence chief replaced

Iran Revolutionary Guards say intelligence chief replaced

Iran Revolutionary Guards say intelligence chief replaced

Advertisement
  • The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps appoints Mohammad Kazemi as its new intelligence chief.
  • The Guards’ chief Major General Hossein Salami also appoints Taeb as his personal adviser.
  • Iran and Israel have been engaged in a years-long shadow war but tensions have ratcheted up recently.
Advertisement

 

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran said in a statement on Thursday that it had replaced its intelligence chief, Hossein Taeb, who had held the position for more than 12 years.

“The Guards’ chief Major General Hossein Salami appointed General Mohammad Kazemi as the new head of the IRGC Intelligence Organisation,” Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif said in the statement.

According to the statement, Salami also appointed Taeb, a cleric, as his personal adviser.

Read More: Iran Revolutionary Guards member assassinated in Tehran: state media

Advertisement

The replacement of the intelligence chief comes after the killing of a number of members of the Guards, which is designated as a terrorist group by Iran’s arch-enemy the United States.

Iran and US ally Israel have been engaged in a years-long shadow war but tensions have ratcheted up following a string of high-profile incidents Tehran has blamed on the Jewish state.

On June 13, Ali Kamani, a member of the Guards’ aerospace division, was killed while on a mission in Khomein in the central province of Markazi, the Guards said in a statement without elaborating.

Earlier in June, Colonel Ali Esmailzadeh, a commander of the Guards’ external operations unit, the Quds Force, died “in an accident in his home”, according to state news agency IRNA.

And on May 22, Guards Colonel Sayyad Khodai, 50, was killed outside his home in the east of the Iranian capital by attackers on motorbikes who shot him five times.

State television in Iran said Khodai was a member of the Quds Force and that he was “known” in Syria, where Iran has acknowledged deploying “military advisers”.

Advertisement

The Guards described Khodai as a “defender of the sanctuary”, a term used for those who work on behalf of the Islamic republic in Syria or Iraq.

Read More: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Commence Drills Near Iraqi Border

The Guards accused “Zionists” of being behind the assassination and vowed revenge.

Last week, Israel urged its citizens to flee Turkey immediately due to “possible” threats from Iranian operatives.

On Thursday, Turkish media reported the arrest of eight people suspected of working for an Iranian intelligence cell plotting to kill Israeli tourists in Istanbul.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Read More News On

Catch all the World News, Breaking News Event and Latest News Updates on The BOL News


Download The BOL News App to get the Daily News Update & Follow us on Google News.


End of Article
Advertisement
In The Spotlight Popular from Pakistan Entertainment
Advertisement

Next Story