The Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, had caught and interrogated a senior official of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iranian territory, the Iran International TV reported on July 21.

According to the Saudi-sponsored London-based TV channel, the official, Yadollah Khedmati, confessed his role in transferring weapons to Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen during the interrogation.

Iran International report on Yadollah Khedmati cannot be verified. The channel citied “exclusive information” without clarifying the source.


This was not the first report about an Israeli operation to interrogate an IRGC official in Iran. In May, Iran International published video of alleged IRGC official named Mansour Rasouli admitting to Mossad agents that he had been ordered to establish a cell to assassinate a worker at the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul, a US general stationed in Germany and a journalist in France.

Israel and Iran have been locked up in covert war for years. In the last few months, the Israeli intelligence was blamed for a series of assassinations of IRGC officials and scientists as well as for attacks on sensitive Iranian facilities. On the other hand, Iran was blamed for a number of cyber-attacks on Israel.

Tensions between Israel and Iran will likely continue to escalate. Even an agreement between Iran and US on the revival of the 2015 deal will not likely lead to de-escalation.