Iran Vows “Severe Retaliation” Against U.S. After Soleimani Killing

  • The death will double the motivation of Iran's resistance against the United States and Israel, the Ayatollah said in a statement issued by the nation's state television.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country will now be more determined to resist the US and carry out a revenge.
  • Reacting to the killing in a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump opined that the general ought to have been killed many years ago.

Iran has vowed that it would carry out a “severe retaliation,” after a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of the growing military influence in the Middle East. Soleimani was a general considered to be Iran’s second most powerful figure, after only the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In a statement, he said revenge awaits the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.

Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and since 1998 commander of its Quds Force—a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. Soleimani was killed in a targeted U.S. airstrike on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq.

The death will double the motivation of Iran’s resistance against the United States and Israel, the Ayatollah said in a statement issued by the nation’s state television. “His departure to God does not end his path or his mission,” the statement said, “but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.

The Supreme leader has also declared three days of national mourning in Iran following the killing of the general. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country will now be more determined to resist the US and carry out a revenge. “Soleimani’s martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America’s expansionism and to defend our Islamic values. With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge,” he said. Former Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezaei promised “vigorous revenge on America” ​​for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.

The US night attack, ordered by President Donald Trump, marked a dramatic escalation in a Middle East dispute between Iran and the United States and its allies, notably Israel and Saudi Arabia. Iraqi chief militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Soleimani’s advisor, was also killed in the attack. Iran is embroiled in a protracted conflict with the United States, which escalated last week with an attack on the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militias following a US air raid on Muhandis-founded Kataib Hezbollah militia.

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, and was Chief Nuclear Negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He was re-elected President in 2017.

The Pentagon said the US military “took decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani,” and that the attack was ordered by Trump to disrupt plans for future Iranian attack. Reacting to the killing in a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump opined that the general ought to have been killed many years ago.

“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more . . . but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of protesters killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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