Leader: Iran to Deal ‘Counterblow’ to US Over Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination
TEHRAN (KHABARFOORI) _ Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will never forget the US assassination in Iraq of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and will definitely deliver a “counterblow” to Washington.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget this issue and will definitely deal the counterblow to the Americans,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Tuesday.
General Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was assassinated in a US airstrike at Baghdad airport on January 3, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) counter-terrorism force, and a number of their companions.
The strike came while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.
Both commanders were extremely popular because of the key role they played in eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
“They killed your guest at your own home and unequivocally admitted the atrocity. This is no small matter,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
The Leader considered the assassinations to be one “example of the result of the Americans’ presence [on Iraqi soil].”