Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) leader implied that United States citizens will retaliate for the January 3, 2020, death of Lt. General Qassem Soleimani.
IRGC Quds Force Commander Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani reportedly said Friday that the Islamic Republic will take revenge for Soleimani in its own way.
“We will prepare ground for the hard revenge against the U.S. from within their homes, as we do not need to be present as supervisors everywhere,” Qaani said, according to a Tasnim News report. “Wherever is necessary, we take revenge against Americans by the help of people on their side and within their own homes, without our presence.”
Soleimani, 62, was considered the mastermind behind the Iranian Middle East military operations as head of Iran’s Quds Force. He was killed by a drone strike at the Baghdad airport by order of former President Donald Trump.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” said a Defense Department spokesperson in a statement at the time. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
The former Quds leader was viewed by many as only second in power to Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran. The Quds Force is considered an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that reports directly to the Ayatollah. Soleimani was reportedly hailed by many Iranians as a heroic national figure. So much so that a silver ring he owned was added to Iran’s cultural heritage list in August 2021, according to a Tehran Times report.
“It would be much wiser for the U.S. to deal with the criminals who assassinated General Soleimani on their own,” said the current leader of the Quds Force. He added it would be much costlier for the U.S. if “the children of the Resistance Front” took matters into their own hands and got revenge themselves.
“This revenge has begun,” Qaani declared. “Americans will be uprooted from the region.”
Of course, this is not the first time Iranian military leaders have promised “hard revenge” for Soleimani’s death.
The Tasmin News reported that five days after the general’s death, the IRGC launched a volley of ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and at another airbase in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region.
Iran said at the time that the missile strike, part of a military operation with the code name “Operation Martyr Soleimani,” was only a “first slap” in its process of taking “hard revenge,” and that it would not rest until the U.S. military leaves the Middle East in disgrace.
Now — two years later — the new Quds leader is warning Americans to beware of another attack.
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