The Israeli Mossad has interrogated a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official named Yadollah Khedmati in Iranian territory and confessed his role in transferring weapons to Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, according to a report by Iran International on Thursday, just two months after reports that the spy agency had done the same to another IRGC official.
افشای دومین بازجویی سازمان اطلاعاتی اسراییل از یکی دیگر از فرماندهان ارشد سپاه در خاک ایران. اسناد رسیده به ایران اینترنشنال پرده از ضربه موساد به یک واحد مهم سپاه برای انتقال سلاح به نیروهای نیابتی جمهوری اسلامی در منطقه برمیدارد. گزارشی از مجتبا پورمحسن pic.twitter.com/yrDL4oCGP1— ايران اينترنشنال (@IranIntl) July 21, 2022
Video recorded from the interrogation and obtained by Iran International showed Khedmati confirming his role in the Logistics Wing of the IRGC and admitting that he had been in contact with Ali Asghar Nowrozi, an IRGC Quds Force official who has been identified by the IDF as responsible for transferring precision weapon components from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Khedmati expressed regret for his operations sending weapons to Iranian proxies and asked his colleagues not to conduct such operations, according to the report. Khedmati is Nowrozi's deputy in the Logistics Wing. The IRGC official was reportedly released and allowed to return home safely after the interrogation.
The Iranian Student News Network (SNN) reported in June that a number of Iranians who had kidnapped and interrogated an unnamed IRGC official had been arrested.
Sources for Iran International stated that during the interrogation of Khedmati, information was obtained about Norozi's relationship with Fars Air Qeshm for transporting weapons.
In June, a Venezuelan cargo plane that had been purchased from the Iranian Mahan Air was detained in Argentina after Iranian citizens were found on the aircraft, including Gholamreza Ghasemi who has been linked in the past with the Quds Force’s Unit 190 and has been identified by the FBI as the CEO of Fars Air Qeshm.
Second time in months an IRGC official has been reportedly kidnapped
In May, Iran International published video of an IRGC official named Mansour Rasouli admitting to alleged 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.