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A Covert UK Facility Has Been Linked To The US Killing Of Top Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani

According to a new research, the US military’s drone attack that murdered Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in early 2020, among other contentious targeted assassinations, was likely carried out from a clandestine UK intelligence facility. According to the research, it was “highly probable” that the targeted killing of General Soleimani — who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) — was planned using information obtained from the UK Royal Air Force’s Menwith Hill intelligence base in Yorkshire.

The research, titled ‘Menwith Hill in 3D, Domes, Data, and Drone Strikes,’ was presented at a special meeting of the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign, which aims to raise public awareness in order to hold the facility accountable for its covert operations. According to the report, Menwith Hill “served as a foreign outpost of the United States National Security Agency (NSA).” The report also highlighted concerns about whether British employees on the site are helping lethal US drone operations, particularly in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.

In relation to General Soleimani’s killing, Barnaby Pace, an investigative journalist, stated in the report, “The involvement of the UK and Menwith Hill in an assassination that threatened to spark a war should be of great concern.” “The failure of the UK government to assure the public that the base was not involved raises serious concerns about accountability for actions at the base.” He further claimed that US and UK soldiers at Menwith Hill “operate beyond public scrutiny and accountability,” and that unless anything changes, “Orwellian surveillance systems and extrajudicial executions exposed in recent years will likely continue.”

“Any US military or US security agency activity conducted at Menwith Hill [must] be done in such a way that those responsible are fully accountable to the UK.” Menwith Hill is the NSA’s largest known overseas location, with 600 US troops and 500 British citizens stationed there. According to documents revealed by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, the facility is part of an eavesdropping network capable of collecting data from hundreds of millions of emails and phone conversations every day and identifying phones on the ground. The data gathered can be utilized in “capture-kill” operations.

Late last year, a top Iranian judiciary official claimed that the British security firm GS4 was involved in General Soleimani’s killing. General Soleimani’s and his entourage’s information was sent to the US as soon as they reached Baghdad International Airport, outside of which the then-Quds Force commander was killed by a US drone attack, Tehran Prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr told Mizan on December 31, 2020. General Soleimani was visiting Baghdad at the request of the Iraqi government when he was killed, along with his Iraqi trench mate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy leader of the Popular Mobilization Units, and their other companions.

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