In his first statement, Iranian General Esmail Qaani, the new commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, told the Iranians: “Be a little patient and you will see with your own eyes the remains of the bodies of the elements (Americans) in the Middle East”, according to the website of the Iranian newspaper Etemad Online, after the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in An American strike at dawn Friday targeted his convoy with his companions as they were leaving Baghdad Airport, specifically from the southern gate.
Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appointed a successor to Soleimani on Friday, his current deputy, General Esmail Ghaani. With him, the path of the Al-Quds brigades should continue after Soleimani. Esmail Qaani is known for his hardcore stance against US and the allies.
The Iranian guide, Ali Khamenei, and a number of Iranian officials visited this evening, the home of Qassem Soleimani, to condole his family, according to Iraqi media, the bodies of Soleimani and the deputy leader of the popular crowd will be flown back to Iran tomorrow.
The Supreme National Security Council of Iran threatened a wide response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani, stressing: “We will take revenge on those who killed him”, and the Iranian leader said that he would retaliate harshly for his killing.
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The Iranian capital, Tehran, witnessed demonstrations of thousands of Iranians condemning the killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, and the burning of American and British flags in response to the assassination of Soleimani, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the killing of Quds Force commander Qaseem Soleimani as a “dangerous escalation”, stressing that such action was taken. The behavior of the United States is foolish, in a tweet on his Twitter account, Friday.
Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, told his Russian counterpart, by phone, that the United States is concerned not to escalate with Iran, explaining that the decision to kill Soleimani came after information about his plans to launch attacks against Americans.
The American embassy in Beirut called on its citizens in Lebanon to exercise a high degree of caution, and a Republican senator said that Soleimani was planning a coup in Iraq under the guidance of Khamenei.
The Iraqi parliament announced that it will hold a session next Sunday to discuss the American strike.
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