Iran’s Top Military Leader Behind Attack, Report Shows

( )- In a briefing with UN Security Council members on Wednesday, Israeli officials revealed that Saeed Ara Jani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ UAV Command, was behind the attack on the Israeli-linked oil tanker in late July.

The vessel was attacked off the coast of Oman on July 29. Two crew members died during the attack.

According to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Ara Jani is the head operator of the UAV system for the IRGC Air Force which struck the tanker. Ara Jani provides supplies, training, and plans and is responsible for coordinating many terror strikes in the region.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that since Iran’s latest attacks are focused on international trade routes, these are attacks on freedom of movement which is an international crime.

Lapid called on the UN Security Council diplomats to uphold international law, demanding to know what the international community was going to do about Iran’s aggression. He argued that if the international community does not respond to these recent incidents, then there is no international community, rather it will be “every man for himself.”

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the UN, sent a letter to the UN Security Council earlier in the week highlighting the role the IRGC has played “in sowing violence and destruction in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.”

The IRGC is the main sponsor of terror groups and militias throughout the Middle East, Erdan wrote in his letter, and it has developed “dangerous and precise weaponry” — including long-range missiles and attack drones. These weapons are used against civilians and civilian locations throughout the region either directly by IRGC or through its terror proxies.

In the Gulf of Oman in late February, Iran attacked the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray, a cargo ship sailing under the Bahamian flag. In March, another Israeli-owned vessel in the Gulf of Oman came under missile attack as well.

The two crewmen killed in the July 29 attack were the Romanian captain and a British security officer. Though owned by a Japanese company, the Mercer Street operates through the London-based Zodiac Maritime, which is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer’s Zodiac Group.