Iran on Friday vowed to avenge the killing of one of its top military chiefs, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States, as the country’s Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Iran’s Spiritual Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, as saying that, “severe revenge is waiting for those who are behind this criminal act.”
According to IRNA, “In a message issued (on) Friday morning on the martyrdom of the Grand Commander, (Khamenei) stressed that severe revenge is waiting for those who are behind this criminal act.
“The message was issued following the martyrdom of the Major General of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and the acting commander of the volunteer Iraqi Shia Forces, known as the Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (the Hash al-Shaabi) Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes.
“The Supreme Leader described the martyred commander as the image of the international resistance movement and stressed all those who adhere to resistance will work to avenge his blood.
“Ayatollah Khamenei said both the comrades and foes of the martyred IRGC commander should know that the Jihadist movement and resistance will go one even with more zeal now because the ultimate victory is awaiting those bright souls who follow the path of Mujahedeen.
“The Supreme Leader had earlier this morning announced three days of public mourning on the martyrdom of the IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani. He also extended his condolences to the martyred commander’s spouse and children.
“The martyred IRGC commander and Al-Mohandes were separately leaving Baghdad airport in two cars early Friday morning when they were targeted and assassinated. Major General Soleimini was said to have arrived at the airport from Lebanon. Iraqi media said the US helicopters targeted both cars. The assassination stands at top of news in Iraq, the region and the whole world.
“The IRGC confirmed the martyrdom of the great commander in a statement. In the statement, the IRGC said that the glorious commander of Islamic forces was martyred in a US helicopter attack on Friday morning at the culmination of his lifelong efforts to promote the path of God.”