Iran ousts powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guards intelligence chief Hossein Taeb, state television said on Monday, following a series of high-profile incidents in which Tehran blamed Israel.
Iranian state media did not say why, but state television said Taeb would be replaced by Mohammad Kazemi, the former head of the Guard Intelligence Unit.
The Islamic Republic, which refuses to recognize Israel, has long accused the “Zionist regime” of sabotaging Iran’s nuclear facilities and killing scientists and high-ranking commanders inside Iran.
In May, Iran blamed Israel for the assassination of high-ranking commander Sayyid Hodai, the most significant assassination in Iran after that of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakrizadeh, for which Tehran had also blamed Israel.
Israel has neither denied nor acknowledged responsibility, but Iran’s inability to prevent such attacks has brought to light security gaps that may indicate that the Islamic Republic remains vulnerable in the future.
Taeb, a middle-ranking cleric and member of the inner circle of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been accused by some Israeli media of being behind a conspiracy to kill or kidnap Israelis in Turkey. Israel raised the alert level for travel to Istanbul to its highest level on June 13.
Prior to his appointment as Head of Intelligence Services in 2009, Taeb worked in Khamenei’s office.
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