Kuwaiti Report: U.S. Gives Israel Go-Ahead to Kill Powerful Iranian General
US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida
by Sue Surkes
US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior
Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic
in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.
For the past 20 years or so, Qassem Soleimani has commanded the Quds Force -- the branch
of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responsible for military and clandestine operations
outside of the Islamic Republic.
Soleimani is a key figure in efforts to prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad . . .
[Under their plan, the Americans would spend $150,000 to bribe journalists,
editors, Islamic preachers, and other opinion leaders to "create, extend, and
enhance public hostiltiy and distrust and fear of Mossadegh and his government."
Then they would hire thugs to carry out "staged attacks" on religious figures
and other respected Iranians, making it seem the Mossadegh had ordered them.
Meanwhile, General Zahedi would be given a sum of money, later fixed at
$135,000, to "win additional friends" and "influence key people." The plan
budgedted another $11,000 per week, a great sum at the time, to bribe members of
the Iranian parliament. On "coupe day," thousands of paid demonstrators would
converge on parliament to demand that it dismiss Mossadegh. Parliament would
respond with a "quasi-leagal" vote to do so. If Mossadegh resisted, military
units loyal to General Zahedi would arrest him.--Stephen Kinzer, "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to
Iraq," Times Books, April 4, 2006, p. 123]