A week after a Politico report claiming that Iran was possibly targeting the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa as a revenge assassination target… the Commander (CC) of Iran's (IRGC) is now saying that a targeting assassination of U.S. Leadership personnel is no longer an afterthought but in active planning stages, and will be carried out.
IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami said on Sunday that the revenge for the assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani is ‘definite’ and that the force will target those behind the assassination. The targets they're looking at include anyone who had a hand in the assassination of Soleimani. Four prominent persons pictured in the Iranian Press article are the U.S. President, Secretary of State Pompeo, DCI Gina Haspel, OSD Mark Esper. Those are not the only ones that the IRGC is looking at. Their targeting goes all the way down the military chain of command to include those who pulled the trigger. The different 'layers' that the IRGC is targeting include US military, intelligence, and political officials of the U.S. in the region who are currently residing in countries near Iran or are regularly commuting between U.S. and the region and who have had a direct or indirect role in assassinating General Soleimani. Another layer includes field commanders and other officers behind the assassination of General Soleimani.
All these will be on the IRGC's target lists from now on, and will require protection details for the remainder of their lives.
Iran is playing a dangerous game not just threatening assassinations, but bragging that they will be carried out.