Iran Attributes Oct. 7 Massacre to Revenge for Soleimani’s Assassination

The October 7 massacre in Southern Israel was a response to the 2020 assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qassem Soleimani, according to an IRGC statement on Wednesday morning. An Israeli airstrike outside the Syrian capital Damascus killed a senior advisor in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. “I will not comment on various actions we take. The IDF is working together with other security organizations throughout the Middle East, within the borders of the state, around the borders of the state,” said Herzi Halevi. “We take whatever action necessary to make it very clear that we are very determined to defend the country, are willing to go far,” Chief of the General Staff Halevi said. The adviser, known as Sayyed Razi Mousavi, was responsible for coordinating the military alliance between Syria and Iran. Israel would suffer for killing Mousavi, who held the Guards’ rank of brigadier-general. “Undoubtedly, the usurper and savage Zionist regime will pay for this crime,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in a statement read on state TV. The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Monday evening, warning that Tehran “reserves the right to respond at the appropriate time and place to the assassination” of Mousavi. “This action is another sign of frustration, helplessness, and inability of the occupying Zionist regime.” Hezbollah released a statement on Monday night mourning the death of the IRGC official, whom the Lebanese terrorist organization called “one of the best brothers who worked to support the Islamic resistance in Lebanon for decades.”