Two Aerospace Division officers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who died over the weekend, were involved in arming Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist group, according to a Tuesday report.
An unnamed source told UK-based opposition outlet Iran International that Ali Kamani and Mohammad Abdus were “developing weapons” for Iran-backed Hezbollah and that the two men “did not die in the accidents”, as reported by Iranian media. .
The source said that he died in different incidents at different places, but did not give any details about how he died.
Hezbollah is known to have an arsenal of hundreds of thousands of rockets. Israel has vowed to prevent Iran from transferring advanced missile technology to the terrorist group.
The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies, which are believed to be close to the IRGC, identified Kamani on Sunday and said he had died in Iran’s central city of Khomein. Tasneem said Kamani died in a “car accident”, without elaborating.
News agencies did not give any rank for Kamani. However, a photo published by Tasnim showed the man wearing the epaulets of a second lieutenant in the aerospace program of the Guard, which runs Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as some of the country’s air defenses.
Exclusive: Contrary to the Islamic Republic’s claims, Ali Kamani and Mohammed Abdus were not killed in the “accidents”. They were both IRGC Aerospace Force officers and engineers engaged in “weapons development for Hezbollah of Lebanon”. @IranIntl has learned. pic.twitter.com/3XliqnqArc
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) 13 June 2022
Fars alone reported the death of Abdus. The agency published a photo of him in civilian clothing at the Imam Reza Shrine in the city of Mashhad, Iran.
Iran’s Defense Ministry called both men “martyrs”, a designation. usually It is given to those who do important work.
The incidents come amid the mysterious deaths in Iran and rising tensions between Israel and Iran in recent weeks. The Islamic Republic has further violated nuclear agreements, threatening Israel and reportedly targeting Israeli civilians in Turkey, while Israel has issued warnings about Iran’s nuclear program and reportedly targets Iran in Syria. associated targets have been bombed.
The New York Times reported on Monday that the recent deaths included the deaths of two scientists whom Iran suspects had been poisoned by Israel.
The Times, citing an Iranian official and two other sources close to the government, said the scientists, Ayub Antezari and Kamran Aghamolei, had died several weeks ago in separate incidents targeting Iranian suspects.
Separately, on 22 May two gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Colonel Hassan Sayyed Khodai in Tehran. He was reportedly involved in killings and kidnappings outside Iran, including attempts to target Israelis. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, and Iranian officials have blamed Israel.
Khodai, 50, remains a shadowy figure and Iran has yet to offer biographical details beyond saying that he was also a member of the elite Quds Force, which is tasked with conducting operations overseas. The IRGC has described him as a “protector of the shrine” – a reference to Iranians who support militias fighting the extremist Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Thousands attended his funeral in Tehran and radical President Ebrahim Raisi met with his family.
Earlier this month, another colonel in the Quds Force died, reportedly in an accident at his home, falling from a terrace or balcony. Iran International, which is affiliated with Iran’s regional adversary Saudi Arabia, claimed that Colonel Ali Ismailzadeh was killed on suspicion that he had provided information to Iran’s enemies that had been used in the killing of Khodai a few days earlier. it was done.
And late last month, an engineer was killed and another employee injured at Iran’s Parchin military complex under unclear circumstances.
Israel has in recent weeks warned its citizens against traveling to Turkey amid a series of reports about Iranian terror attempts in the country.
Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Monday that several Israelis who visited the Turkish city of Istanbul were kicked out of the country last week by Israeli security officials, who were working on intelligence that visitors were at immediate risk from Iranian assassins. was.