Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has said in an interview with Iranian state TV that Israel tried to assassinate him during the 2006 Lebanon war.
Soleimani said that he spent the entire length of the war in Lebanon to advise Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. One night, Israeli drones were swarming the command center where he and Nasrallah were positioned, Soleimani recalled. He decided that they needed to evacuate to a second building and moments later the IDF dropped two bombs nearby, Soleimani added in the TV interview.
“We were feeling that these two bombings were about to be followed by a third one, so we decided to get out of that building. We didn’t have a car, and there was complete silence, just the Israeli regime aircraft flying over Dahiyeh,” he said.
Soleimani added that he had to avoid Israeli tracking sensors to get Nasrallah to safety and after doing so he returned back to the command center.
According to a report by the Kuwaiti Al-Jarida news agency last year, the U.S. has given Israel a green light to assassinate Soleimani.
The report cited an unnamed source as saying that “there is an American-Israeli agreement that Soleimani is a threat to the two countries’ interests in the region.”