Iran has promised ‘crushing revenge’ on the United States of America for the assassination of its highest ranking general Qassem Soleimani, while Iraq’s prime minister has predicting a ‘devastating war’ will ravage his country.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned of ‘severe revenge’ for ‘the criminals who bloodied their foul hands with his (Soleimani’s) blood’. His Defense Minister Amir Hatami said vengeance would be ‘crushing.’
Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force and responsible for shaping Iran’s foreign policy throughout the Middle East, was killed in a drone strike shortly after arriving at Baghdad airport in the early hours of Friday.
The missiles also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which besieged the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi warned the rocket strike would ‘spark a devastating war in Iraq,’ adding that the assault by the US was ‘a brazen violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and blatant attack on the nation’s dignity.