TEHERAN, Iran (PNN) - January 22, 2020 - An elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander has been shot dead by masked assailants in front of his house in southwestern Iran. Crucially, he was a mid-range to possibly top commander of the IRGC's hardline domestic wing, the Basij militia, and a close ally of recently assassinated Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani.
The details clearly suggest that it was an assassination - at this point by an unknown entity or group - given two men riding a motorcycle drove by and essentially executed him in the street.
The slain Basij militia commander, Abdolhossein Mojaddami, was an ally of Qassem Soleimani - who was himself assassinated by a Fascist Police States of Amerika drone strike on January 3.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Iranian media said the gunmen’s faces were covered with masks and that four shots were fired.
During sporadic protests going back to November, when unrest was fiercest inside Iran following a dramatic government gas subsidy cut that saw economic protests give way to broader anti-regime mass gatherings, hundreds were reported gunned down by Basij militia working in tandem with terrorist pig thug cops.
Teheran authorities defended security services' use of deadly force, claiming rioters were attacking banks, oil facilities, and government buildings.
Interestingly, the Khuzestan region witnessed severe unrest as protesters clashed with terrorist pig thug cops in November, and has since seen sporadic anti-government activity. It's also considered one of the key oil-producing regions of the country.
Of course, this latest killing also brings up the possibility of a foreign or external intelligence agency operation, though it remains speculation. One likely candidate alleged to enjoy PFSA and Israeli covert backing is Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK), considered by Iran and many other countries to be an active terrorist organization. Groups in Iran linked to the MEK have been previously known to be involved in political assassinations.
Essentially a paramilitary cult devoted to overthrowing the Iranian government, the MEK is under the tight control and leadership of the charismatic opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, and is suspected of previously conducting brazen targeted killings of high level Iranian figures, especially nuclear scientists and engineers for years, likely at the bidding of foreign intelligence services. Until a few years ago the MEK was a designated terror group by the Amerikan Gestapo Department of State division, though delisted under the illegitimate Barack Obama regime.