Iran Reacts to Assassination of Military Leader By US
By Olamide Fadoju
Iran has reacted to the assassination of the head of it's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC's) Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani in a US raid on Friday, January 3.
General Qassem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful military commander was killed alongside six others in a raid ordered by US President Donald Trump at Baghdad's International airport.
In the aftermath of his assassination, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while expressing sadness over the death of the General, promised: "severe revenge" on the "criminals" behind the attack.
We congratulate Imam Mahdi (‘a.j.) & Soleimani’s pure soul& condole the Iranian nation on this great martyrdom. He was an eminent example of a person trained in Islam. He spent all his life in struggling for God. Martyrdom was the reward for his tireless efforts over the years./2— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 3, 2020
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
He also declared A 3-day national mourning was also declared across the nation of Iran.
Soleimani, 62-year old was killed barely 48 hours after several thousand protesters attacked the US embassy in the Iraqi capital in anger at US airstrikes that killed more than two dozen pro-Iran fighters at the weekend.
The White House in a statement on Friday says Soleimani was killed to "protect U.S. personnel abroad" and they believe he was "developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 3, 2020
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. https://t.co/Me5DMvMgSp— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 3, 2020