TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian hackers breached the website of a little-known US government agency and posted messages vowing revenge for Washington’s assassination of top military commander Qasem Soleimani.
The website of the Federal Depository Library Program was replaced with a page titled Iranian Hackers! that displayed images of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian flag.
“Martyrdom was (Soleimani's)... reward for years of implacable efforts,” read a graphic depicting US President Donald Trump being punched by a first emanating from Iran as missiles fly by.
“With his departure and with God's power, his work and path will not cease and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and blood of the other martyrs,” it said.
“This is only small part of Iran's cyber ability!” another caption on the page read in white text on a black background. The killing of Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq early Friday brought a furious vow of revenge from Tehran.
Described as the second most powerful man in Iran, Soleimani oversaw wide-ranging interventions in regional power struggles.
Trump has said Soleimani was planning an "imminent" attack on US personnel in Baghdad.
The president has warned that Washington is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them very fast and very hard if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets.
Earlier, the body of Iranian military
commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a US military strike, was returned to Iran on Sunday, the official IRIB news agency reported.
Soleimani’s body was flown to the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran. IRIB posted a video clip of a casket wrapped in an Iranian flag being unloaded from a plane as a military band played.
Thousands of mourners dressed in black
Thousands of mourners dressed in black marched through Ahvaz, in live footage aired on state TV. Soleimani, the architect of Tehran’s overseas clandestine and military operations as head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, was killed on Friday in a US drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport.