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Iranian Hardliners Say Revolutionary Guard Officer Killed in Syria Designed and Implemented Oct 7 Attack

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After an Israeli air strike in Syria on Monday killed Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, a hardline Iranian political coalition has seemingly admitted that Iran played a significant role in Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7.

In a statement on Thursday memorializing Zahedi, the Coalition Council of Islamic Revolution Forces (SHANA) said he played a “strategic role in…designing and implementing” the barbaric ambush attack on Israeli civilians:

For those not familiar, Hamas calls the attack the “Al-Aqsa Storm.”

A Wall Street Journal exclusive in October reported that senior IRGC officers helped plan the attacks and gave the final green light during a meeting in Beirut the Monday before they were carried out. National security sources in the United States have told RedState on condition of anonymity that the U.S. has found evidence that Iran led a great deal of the intelligence preparation for the attacks, including communications protocols, SIGINT support, and cyber attacks. The Iranian government has officially denied any involvement.

A Reuters story published in Japan Times revealed some interesting information (or, confirms what thinking people already knew intuitively) about who was with Zahedi in Syria, where they were, and what they were doing – despite claiming Israel bombed a diplomatic installation.

Tensions have rapidly escalated in the days since the bombing. Iran vowed to retaliate against both Israel and the United States for Zahedi’s assassination (which Israel could well claim is part of a formally declared war), and Israel has canceled all weekend leave for its combat soldiers. On Thursday, after a phone call in which President Joe Biden admonished him to get to an immediate cease-fire with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that Israel’s hostilities aren’t just with Hamas, but with Iran as well. Via Axios:

On Friday evening CNN reported that a senior Biden administration official told the network that the United States is on “high alert and actively preparing for a ‘significant’ attack that could come as soon as within the next week by Iran targeting Israeli or American assets in the region.”

Seattle radio host Bryan Suits, a US Army veteran who served in Bosnia, Kuwait, and Iraq, noted a change in the IRGC’s logo and what that might mean.

Suits wrote:

The verbiage in IRGC’s tweet is translated to read: “They will find no guardian or helper.”

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