Chandigarh, January 3
Escalating tensions between the US and Iran following the death of al-Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani could have significant implications.
Soleimani was killed along with a top leader of pro-Iran militias at Baghdad airport in a US drone strike on the orders of President Donald Trump, who appears to have acted with an eye on both an expected move in the US Senate to impeach him and his re-election bid later this year.
Iran will be more determined to resist the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday, in response to the killing of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Iranian state television reported.
Iranian state TV described Soleimani’s killing as “the biggest miscalculation by the US” since WWII. “The people of the region will no longer allow Americans to stay,” it said.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed forces in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces, and five others were also killed in the attack.
His efforts & path won’t be stopped by his martyrdom, by God’s Power, rather a #SevereRevenge awaits the criminals who have stained their hands with his & the other martyrs’ blood last night. Martyr Soleimani is an Intl figure of Resistance & all such people will seek revenge. /3
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 3, 2020
Iraq’s Sadr reactivated his notoriously anti-American force nearly a decade after he dissolved it.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed ‘severe revenge’ after the United States killed the commander of the Islamic republic’s Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani, in Baghdad on Friday.
“Martyrdom was the reward for his ceaseless efforts in all these years,” Khamenei said on his Farsi-language Twitter account in reference to Soleimani, also declaring three days of mourning.
“With him gone, God willing, his work and his path will not be stopped, but severe revenge awaits the criminals who bloodied their foul hands with his blood and other martyrs in last night’s incident.”
-Top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, 62, was killed in a US-ordered drone strike at Baghdad airport early Friday.
-Soleimani was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and ran Iranian military operations in Iraq and Syria.
-His killing marks a major escalation in the standoff between Washington and Tehran.
– The US Defence Department said it killed Soleimani because he “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”.
Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack, a militia spokesman said.
Iran has been locked in a long conflict with the United States that escalated sharply last week with an attack on the US embassy in Iraq by pro-Iranian militiamen following a US air raid on the Kataib Hezbollah militia, founded by Muhandis.