Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a visit to family of Colonel Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei, the family of Colonel Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei on June 12, 2022

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a visit to family of Colonel Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei, the family of Colonel Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei on June 12, 2022

Iran's Raisi Visits Family Of Assassinated IRGC Quds Force Commander

6/12/2022

The Iranian president has paid a visit to the family of Colonel Hassan Sayyad-Khodaei, a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force who was assassinated last month.

In his visit to the Sayyad-Khodaeis on Sunday, Ebrahim Raisi said that his assassination by the opponents of the Islamic Republic in Tehran near his home, instead of confronting him on the battlefield, is a sign of their despair and a victory for the country.

Despite Raisi’s assertion of victory, the assassination was seen as an intelligence and security failure by the government that allowed the killing of a secretive officer in broad daylight in the capital.

Sayyad-Khodaei was the acting commander of the elite Quds Unit 840, who was shot dead behind the wheel of his car on May 22 by two gunmen who fled the scene on a motorbike.

A European security source told Iran International in late May that Sayyad-Khodaei was in charge of planning terror operations outside Iran, including attacks in India, Thailand, Cyprus and Georgia. Suspicions for his assassination fell on Israel and according to some reports, Israeli officials told the United States that they had targeted Sayyad-Khodaei.

After his assassination, Iran International’s sources in Iran reported that another Quds Force unit 840 commander died under suspicious circumstances in Karaj, west of Tehran, on May 30. Colonel Ali Esmailzadeh died when he fell from the roof of his home.

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