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Quds Force deputy commander Mohammad Hejazi

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced Sunday evening that its Quds Force Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi has died of a heart attack.

Hejazi, the Iranian mastermind of the Argentine AMIA Jewish Center attack on July 18, 1994, replaced Ismail Ka’ani when he was appointed Quds Force deputy commander following the assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani in January 2020.

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Born in Isfahan in 1956, Hejazi joined the IRGC at age 23. He participated in the Iran-Iraq war; in addition, he headed the paramilitary Basij special ops division of the Iranian police, for 10 years. He eventually served as deputy commander of the IRGC.

Hejazi also assisted Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in Syria using his “valuable experience,” according to the IRGC statement.

In 2019 Hejazi was marked by Israel’s military as one of the people responsible for the accuracy of the precision-guided missiles fired by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon.

As commander of the Lebanese IRGC Quds Force, he was also responsible for strengthening Hezbollah itself, which aims those thousands of missiles at the Jewish State.

When Israel exposed the precision-guided missile project, the IDF also revealed Hajazi’s identity; the Quds Force deputy commander was living in Beirut with his family at the time.

“Israel lives in deep fear,” he told the Al Mayadeen television network, and added, “Hezbollah has more accurate missiles than they think.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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