The Assassination of Iran’s Qods Force Commander: The Untold Story
Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodai, one of the senior commanders of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force, was shot dead in Tehran on the evening of May 22. Kodai was born in 1972 and grew up in Miyaneh, in the province of East Azerbaijan. In 1987, when he was still in his teens, he joined the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). According to the state-run Nasim news agency, “Colonel Khodai was in charge of transferring missile technology to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”
Kodai was previously the Deputy Minister of Research and Technology Development of the Defense Industries Organization, as per the Defa Press’ website, which is affiliated with the regime’s Ministry of Defense. “Colonel Khodai had just returned from his mission in Syria a few days ago,” said the ‘Quds’ telegram channel, which is heavily affiliated with the regime’s Quds Force. He was also close to Qassem Soleimani, the deposed commander of the Quds Force, according to the regime’s media.
“Colonel Khodai was also responsible for planning terrorist attacks and kidnapping Israelis,” the regime’s state media claimed, citing Israeli media. The incident was blamed on ‘counter-revolutionary and global arrogance’ groups, which could refer to countries like Israel, according to a statement by the Revolutionary Guards. The IRGC also described Khodai as a ‘defender of the sanctuary,’ a term used to describe Iranians who work for the government in Syria or Iraq. In Bashar al-bloody Assad’s campaign against Syria’s people, Iran is a key ally.
Since the assassination of leading nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrisadeh, known as the father of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, in November 2020, Khodai is the most prominent IRGC official to be killed in Iran. The attack on Fakhrisadeh’s convoy near Tehran was blamed on Israel by Tehran. It was later discovered that he had been acting as Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Qassem Soleimani was killed in an Iraqi drone strike in January 2020. Soleimani was the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, which is in charge of the regime’s foreign operations, warmongering, and international terrorism. The regime promised to exact vengeance for the killings with great fanfare, but it has never followed through on such empty promises.
“The killing of Sayad Khodai is crossing the red line without calculation, which changes many equations,” the Noornews Twitter account, which is said to be close to the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, wrote. This crime’s perpetrators will pay a high price.” “The blood of Martyr Sayad Khodai will not go unanswered,” said IRGC Commander-in-Chief Hossein Salami.