It is a promise and a threat. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that the murder of an officer of the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s ideological army, would be “avenged”. On Sunday, the soldier was killed in Tehran in an attack unprecedented since November 2020.

“I have no doubt that the blood of this great martyr will be avenged,” declared Ebrahim Raïssi on state television. Colonel Sayyad Khodai was shot dead by two motorcyclists in the east of the capital on Sunday, according to official sources.

“The Hand of Global Arrogance”

This soldier is the most important figure whose murder in Iran has been announced by Tehran since that of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. He was killed in November 2020 near the capital in an attack on his convoy blamed by Iran on Israel.

“There is no doubt that the hand of global arrogance can be seen in this crime,” said Ebrahim Raisi, an expression referring to the United States and its allies, in the official phraseology of the Islamic Republic. “I insist on the serious pursuit [du meurtrier] by security officials,” added the head of state, who is to fly to Oman in the Gulf for an official visit at the invitation of Sultan Haitham.

Demonstration of “despair”

According to television, the “farewell ceremony” to the colonel will take place at 2:30 p.m. (French time) in Tehran. The Guardians presented Sayyad Khodaï as a “defender of the sanctuary” and denounced a “terrorist act”. This term refers to anyone working on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Syria and Iraq, two countries hosting Shiite places of worship and where Iran claims to be present through what it presents as “military advisers”. .

“Those who lost on the spot [de bataille] in the face of the defenders of the sanctuary thus demonstrate their despair,” said Ebrahim Raïsi, without further details. According to television, the colonel was “known” in Syria.

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