Iran in mourning as it vows revenge for killing

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The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by a US air raid has triggered a wave of emotions and garnered a united response of solidarity and retribution across the otherwise divided Iranian political spectrum.

Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force and mastermind of its regional influence, was killed early on Friday near Baghdad’s international airport in an air strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to him as a “martyr” and promised to exact “harsh revenge”.

Top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani killed in US airstrike in Baghdad
Iranians burn a US flag as thousands of people take to the streets to mourn the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant general and commander of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani during an anti-US demonstration to condemn the killing of Soleimani, after Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, 03 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

He announced a three-day national mourning period in honour of Soleimani, who was widely believed to be the second most powerful figure in Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani echoed the threat of revenge and vowed that there will be consequences. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the killing as an “act of state terrorism” in a statement.

“The pure blood of Qassem Soleimani will surely strengthen the tree of resistance, unite the Iranian people, and make US policies in the region less effective by the day,” he said.

Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani) as commander of Qods force less than 12 hours after the killing of Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.

In his decree appointing Qaani, Khamenei characterized him as “one of the most distinguished Revolutionary Guard commanders”. Qaani fought in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and was a close and trusted aide to Soleimani. He also served as an intelligence official in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei names Esmail Ghaani new chief of the IRGC Quds Force
An undated handout photo made available by the Iranian Supreme Leader’s Office on 03 January 2020 shows Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) general Esmail Ghaani during a ceremony in Tehran, Iran. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a decree appointing Ghaani as the new commander of the Quds Force after commander Qasem Soleimani was killed on 03 January 2019 in a US airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq. EPA-EFE/IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER OFFICE

Qaani is known for his extremist opposition to Israel, similar to Soleimani, and was one of the key figures in Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

However, unlike Soleimani who usually refrained from commenting on internal political issues, Qaani had no reservations to intervene and express his views.

The air strike on Baghdad airport is an act of aggression on Iraq and a breach of its sovereignty that will lead to war in Iraq, the region, and the world, Abdul Mahdi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, said in a statement.

The strike also violated the conditions of U.S. military presence in Iraq and should be met with legislation that safeguards Iraq’s security and sovereignty, he added.

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani  commented that “the vicious attack on Baghdad international airport last night is an insolent breach of Iraqi sovereignty and international agreements. It led to the killing of several commanders who defeated Islamic State terrorists,” Sistani’s office said in a statement.

“These events and more indicate the country is heading toward very difficult times. We call on all concerned parties to behave with self-restraints and act wisely,” he said.

On the other hand,  Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, who positions himself as a nationalist rejecting both U.S. and Iranian interference in Iraq, called on all sides to behave with “wisdom and shrewdness”.

“As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, especially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq,” he said in a statement.

 

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Iran in mourning as it vows revenge for killing

 

The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by a US air raid has triggered a wave of emotions and garnered a united response of solidarity and retribution across the otherwise divided Iranian political spectrum.

Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force and mastermind of its regional influence, was killed early on Friday near Baghdad’s international airport in an air strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to him as a “martyr” and promised to exact “harsh revenge”.

He announced a three-day national mourning period in honour of Soleimani, who was widely believed to be the second most powerful figure in Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani echoed the threat of revenge and vowed that there will be consequences. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the killing as an “act of state terrorism” in a statement.

“The pure blood of Qassem Soleimani will surely strengthen the tree of resistance, unite the Iranian people, and make US policies in the region less effective by the day,” he said.

Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani) as commander of Qods force less than 12 hours after the killing of Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.

In his decree appointing Qaani, Khamenei characterized him as “one of the most distinguished Revolutionary Guard commanders”. Qaani fought in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and was a close and trusted aide to Soleimani. He also served as an intelligence official in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).

Qaani is known for his extremist opposition to Israel, similar to Soleimani, and was one of the key figures in Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

However, unlike Soleimani who usually refrained from commenting on internal political issues, Qaani had no reservations to intervene and express his views.

The air strike on Baghdad airport is an act of aggression on Iraq and a breach of its sovereignty that will lead to war in Iraq, the region, and the world, Abdul Mahdi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, said in a statement.

The strike also violated the conditions of U.S. military presence in Iraq and should be met with legislation that safeguards Iraq’s security and sovereignty, he added.

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani  commented that “the vicious attack on Baghdad international airport last night is an insolent breach of Iraqi sovereignty and international agreements. It led to the killing of several commanders who defeated Islamic State terrorists,” Sistani’s office said in a statement.

“These events and more indicate the country is heading toward very difficult times. We call on all concerned parties to behave with self-restraints and act wisely,” he said.

On the other hand,  Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, who positions himself as a nationalist rejecting both U.S. and Iranian interference in Iraq, called on all sides to behave with “wisdom and shrewdness”.

“As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, especially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq,” he said in a statement.

 

 

 

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Iran in mourning as it vows revenge for killing

 

The killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by a US air raid has triggered a wave of emotions and garnered a united response of solidarity and retribution across the otherwise divided Iranian political spectrum.

Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force and mastermind of its regional influence, was killed early on Friday near Baghdad’s international airport in an air strike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to him as a “martyr” and promised to exact “harsh revenge”.

He announced a three-day national mourning period in honour of Soleimani, who was widely believed to be the second most powerful figure in Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani echoed the threat of revenge and vowed that there will be consequences. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the killing as an “act of state terrorism” in a statement.

“The pure blood of Qassem Soleimani will surely strengthen the tree of resistance, unite the Iranian people, and make US policies in the region less effective by the day,” he said.

Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Esmail Qaani (Ghaani) as commander of Qods force less than 12 hours after the killing of Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.

In his decree appointing Qaani, Khamenei characterized him as “one of the most distinguished Revolutionary Guard commanders”. Qaani fought in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and was a close and trusted aide to Soleimani. He also served as an intelligence official in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).

Qaani is known for his extremist opposition to Israel, similar to Soleimani, and was one of the key figures in Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

However, unlike Soleimani who usually refrained from commenting on internal political issues, Qaani had no reservations to intervene and express his views.

The air strike on Baghdad airport is an act of aggression on Iraq and a breach of its sovereignty that will lead to war in Iraq, the region, and the world, Abdul Mahdi, the Prime Minister of Iraq, said in a statement.

The strike also violated the conditions of U.S. military presence in Iraq and should be met with legislation that safeguards Iraq’s security and sovereignty, he added.

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani  commented that “the vicious attack on Baghdad international airport last night is an insolent breach of Iraqi sovereignty and international agreements. It led to the killing of several commanders who defeated Islamic State terrorists,” Sistani’s office said in a statement.

“These events and more indicate the country is heading toward very difficult times. We call on all concerned parties to behave with self-restraints and act wisely,” he said.

On the other hand,  Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, who positions himself as a nationalist rejecting both U.S. and Iranian interference in Iraq, called on all sides to behave with “wisdom and shrewdness”.

“As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, especially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq,” he said in a statement.

 

 

 

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