Iran announced the appointment of a new leader to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ intelligence organization on Thursday (IRGC). The announcement that Mohammad Kazemi had been named the new leader to succeed Hossein Taeb, who had been leading the Intelligence Protection Organization, the IRGC’s counterintelligence division, since its founding, was made by the elite force’s spokesperson, Ramzan Sharif. Taeb had been in that position for the longest time.
Iran has not yet given a justification for this unexpected new appointment. Except for the departure of the old chief and appointing the new one to the office. The old commander-in-chief, Taeb, who before assuming the office as the head of the intelligence unit of the IRGC since its formation in 2009 till now, was previously a senior figure in the Iranian intelligence ministry, later switched to the IRGC in the late 2000s and was appointed the head of the paramilitary Basij organization in 2008.
Recently, Turkey and Israel have been working on normalizing their diplomatic relations after a repeated deterioration of their relations on different occasions. Earlier this week, while Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid was visiting Turkey, Turkish officials detained five Iranians on suspicion of planning to kill or kidnap an Israeli tourist.
Following this event, Israeli media reported that Hossein Taeb is alleged to have plotted this plan to kill Israeli tourists, to which Iranians remained silent. The internet was flooded with rumours that this could be the reason for Taeb’s replacement in the intelligence wing. Israel advised its citizens earlier this month to avoid traveling to Turkey and urged Israelis who were already there to leave right away. The Israeli people may be attacked by Iran, according to the warning.
- Advertisement -
The USA has designated the IRGC as a terrorist group. The Iranian media reported that several IRGC members and well-known scientists had been murdered recently, and they accused Israel of some of their elite leaders’ assassinations. Iran even promised to seek retribution on Israel.
Rising tensions between Iran and Israel
We have seen frequent times where Iran and Israel were at odds due to the underlying factors such as Iran’s support for Palestinians, Israel’s close ties with the US, proxy wars in the middle east, and the 2015 nuclear deal being stalled for several reasons.
In retaliation, Israel and Iran keep on carrying out assassination operations against each other’s eminent leaders and scientists. They have been under a long shadow of war that is deepening with time. USA-Israel’s cooperative measures on several occasions add fuel to this vengeance.
A Tehran court ruled on Thursday that the United States must pay $4.3 billion in aggravated and consequential damages to the families of several assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists. The court said that Israel was helped in its murders by the US government, according to reports by Al Jazeera.