New names have been added to the list of American individuals reportedly involved in the assassination of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani, Tasnim News reported on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi from the IRGC stated that “harsh revenge” for Soleimani’s assassination has remained Tehran’s priority, noting that retaliatory missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq in January were “only slaps”.
Last Sunday, the US embassy compound in Baghdad came under rocket attack, which killed a local civilian, while no embassy personnel were injured. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed “Iran-backed militias” for conducting the strike. Tehran has dismissed the accusations.
The region has recently seen a series of military manoeuvres, apparently as a show of force toward Iran following the heightened tensions. On Monday, 21 December, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Georgia entered the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz in what was perceived as a warning sign to Iran. Earlier, an IDF Navy submarine demonstratively crossed the Suez Canal above water as another show of force aimed at Iran. The Israeli military refused to comment on the reports, while IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi was quoted by The Times…