ISRAELL was involved in the assassination of Iranian Force Commander Quds General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq almost two years ago, a former military intelligence chief has confirmed.
In an interview with Malam magazine, retired Israeli major general Tamir Hayman described the murder as “an achievement, since our main enemy in my eyes are the Iranians.”
This is the first time Tel Aviv has admitted playing a role in the attack on General Soleimani, who was killed by a drone attack at Baghdad International Airport in January 2020.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Israel shared three of its cell phone numbers with Washington hours before the attack.
Israeli intelligence services reportedly followed General Soleimani’s movements alongside the US Special Operations Command in Tel Aviv.
Major General Hayman described the murder as one of “two significant and important assassinations” during his tenure, the other being that of Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata in the Gaza Strip in 2019.
Iran has previously accused British security firm G4S, which operates Baghdad airport, of complicity in the drone strike.
Tehran alleges the assassination took place with German backing, with the US Air Force base in Ramstein being used to coordinate the attack.
Research also revealed in October that “it was likely” that the Menwith Hill electronic spy base in Britain also played a role in the murder of General Soleimani.