Disaffected members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reportedly targeted the residence of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with artillery.
The attempted attack, which appears to have been quickly foiled, is mentioned in a confidential report detailing a January 3 meeting in which IRGC commanders and security officials warned Khamenei about rising tensions in the country.
“Since the start of the protests, we have had personnel who have defied orders,” said a speaker identified as Gholamali Rashidi.
He appeared to reference the recent protests set off by the death of a woman, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being taken into custody by the morality police for allegedly violating the country’s dress code.
“One incident involved an individual targeting the Supreme Leader’s residence with artillery,” Rashidi added. “Thanks to the immediate response of our fellow members in the unit, the perpetrators were identified and apprehended.”
Leaders convened the meeting to mark the third anniversary of the U.S. military killing of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, according to IranWire, a website that publishes the work of citizen journalists.
Commanders reportedly told the supreme leader that significant elements of their forces refused orders to shoot at civilians. They also spoke of a drop in morale and a rise in conflicts among the IRGC ranks.
The IranWire report said decisions were made during the meeting to address the situation, including releasing detainees and boosting budgets. Khamenei instructed commanders to announce them in the following weeks, it added.