The IRGC announced the death of a Quds Force colonel, identified as Sayad Khodai, who was shot in Tehran. President Raisi said he had “agreed for our security forces to seriously follow up on this matter and I have no doubt that revenge for the pure blood of our martyr will be taken”; Iran’s military chief of staff and IRGC commander Hossein Salami echoed the sentiment. The IRGC’s spokesperson warned that “thugs, rogue elements and remnants of terrorist groups affiliated with the global arrogance and Zionism [ie, the U.S. and Israel] will be punished for their criminal acts”. The same day as Khodai’s killing, the IRGC claimed to have arrested what was described as “a network of thugs affiliated with Israel’s spy services”.
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