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More on Iran’s Brazen Terrorist Plots

10:05 AM, Oct 12, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The other especially noteworthy IRGC commander named by the Treasury Department is Qasem Soleimani – who heads the IRGC-QF. Soleimani is in charge of the IRGC-QF’s operations in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and Iraq. That is, his chief role is to export Iranian terrorism throughout Iran’s neighborhood. And now Soleimani has been implicated in an effort to bring Iranian terrorism into the heart of the U.S.

According to the Treasury Department, Soleimani “oversees the IRGC-QF officers who were involved in this plot” against the Saudi ambassador.

The assassination plot was just one part of the IRGC-QF’s plans, which involved other officials named by the Treasury Department. While press accounts offer different versions of what else the IRGC was planning, plots against Saudi and Israeli embassies either in the U.S. or abroad were reportedly in the works.

Indeed, the U.S. Treasury Department notes that Shahlai approved “$5 million dollars as payment for all of the operations discussed.” $1.5 million of that largesse was allocated to the assassination plot, leaving the bulk of the funding for the IRGC-QF’s other terrorist operations. 

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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