“Deadly Missile Strike: Iranian Leaders Blame Israel for Death of Revolutionary Guard Member

Iran’s top leaders have accused Israel of killing a senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in a missile strike on Friday night. Major General Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the head of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, died in the attack, which Iran claims took place near Damascus, the Syrian capital. The IRGC is an elite arm of Iran’s military, tasked with defending the country against external and internal threats. Moghaddam was regarded as one of its most influential figures and was considered a key architect of Iran’s missile program. In a joint statement, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and other senior figures in the Iranian government condemned the attack and held Israel responsible. They said the attack was a “cowardly kidnap plot,” and vowed to avenge Moghaddam’s death. The statement read: “Arrogant powers and the Zionist regime, that has been an enemy of the Islamic Republic of Iran since its inception, must know that the path of martyrdom is full of honor and dignity and the committed personal of the Iranian armed forces and the Revolutionary Guards will take revenge for the fallen blood of the honored general.” The attack on Moghaddam followed a series of escalating tensions between Israel and Iran. Analysts have said that the attack is likely to lead to further violence, as both sides are determined to protect their interests. In the immediate aftermath, regional allies of Israel, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, praised the attack on Moghaddam, while regional allies of Iran, such as Iraq, condemned it. Meanwhile, international leaders, including US President Joe Biden, urged restraint from all sides. Biden said that the US was monitoring the situation closely and called for all sides to de-escalate tensions, noting that any further conflict in the region would be “destabilizing and dangerous.” The missile attack on Moghaddam will likely have far-reaching consequences, as both sides remain steadfast in their determination to protect their interests. It remains to be seen whether the two sides can find a peaceful path to resolve the situation.