Iran's judicial authorities Tuesday announced that an Iranian citizen will be executed after his involvement with high commander Qassem Soleimani's murder was confirmed.
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Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd was one of the CIA and Mossad spies, who provided information to the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services on Soleimani's location.
"Mousavi-Majd has been sentenced to death for making it easier for the enemy to track down the martyr," Iran's authorities spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said at a televised press conference.
Qassem Soleimani was killed during a missile attack on January 3 in Baghdad, Iraq's capital.
Another victim of the bombing was the head of the People's Mobilization Forces (PMF) and commander of the Kataib Hezbollah (KH) militia, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis.
"The attack was intended to deter future Iranian plans of attack," the Pentagon said, accusing Soleimani of "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.
The U.S. Department of Defense said in a statement that, "under the direction of President Donald Trump, the Army took defensive measures to protect U.S. personnel overseas."
The assassination of Qassem Soleimani, 63, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, led to a serious escalation of tensions in the region.
Iran responded days later with missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops.