TEHRAN, IRAN - SEPTEMBER 18 : Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's (not seen) meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on September 18, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Press Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – Concerned military, intelligence and diplomatic figures within the United States have reportedly given Israel permission to assassinate a top Iranian special forces commander according to the Israeli Haaretz newspaper, in turn claiming to have received the information form exclusive sources in Kuwait.

On Monday, the Haaretz – claiming to cite exclusive sources within Kuwait’s Al-Jardia news group – reported that the United States has given Israel permission to assassinate Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Furthermore, the Haaretz went on to claim that several years ago, Israeli forces had Soleimani in their cross-hairs and were ‘on the verge’ of assassinating the Iranian commander only to be called off by US.

Qasem Soleimani, as leader of the IRGC’s Quds Force, has in recent years played a key role in leading Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian paramilitary forces against the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

In particular, Soleimani’s leadership of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units in 2014 and early 2015 prevented the fall of Iraq’s democratic government to ISIS terrorists.

In any case, the Iranian general is now considered to be a mutual threat to both American and Israeli interests in the Middle East according to Haaretz.

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