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Iran promises to avenge US killing of top commander Soleimani

Iran promises to avenge US killing of top commander Soleimani
January 6, 2020
TEHRAN (92 News) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced to take revenge from the killers of Qassem Soleimani after a US air strike killed the Iranian top general in Baghdad late on Thursday. The Iran’s leaderships strongly reacted to the US attack and Khamenei warned that severe revenge awaits the killers of Qassem Soleimani. Khamenei also vowed that the road of jihad and resistance will continue with stronger efforts after Soleimani’s death. “Severe revenge awaits the criminals whose dirty hands were tainted with his blood and the blood of all the martyrs of last night’s incident,” said Khamenei, in a statement posted on his Farsi and Arabic twitter accounts, early on Friday. “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,” he tweeted.   “The martyr, Soleimani, was an international resistance figure, and all those who loved him are calling for revenge for his blood.” He also announced three days of mourning for Soleimani. As head of the Quds force, the Revolutionary Guard's overseas arm, Soleimani had reached iconic status in Iran. He has been credited for orchestrating Iran's military activities via its proxies and allies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and beyond. “All friends—& enemies—know that Jihad of Resistance will continue with more motivation & definite victory awaits the fighters on this blessed path. The loss of our dear General is bitter. The continuing fight & ultimate victory will be more bitter for the murderers & criminals,” Khamenei tweeted. He was killed on Thursday by a US air strike along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iran-backed the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU). Early on Friday, strongly reacting US attacks that killed the head of Iran’s elite military force Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Foreign Minister (FM) Javad Zarif called the US airstrike an extremely dangerous and foolish escalation. In his tweet, the Iranian FM said that the US’ act of international terrorism, targeting and assassinating General Soleimani, the most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al is extremely dangerous and a foolish escalation. “The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism,” he tweeted.