MADRID, Jan. 16 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Mohamad Baqeri, said Thursday that Tehran “is not interested” in a greater increase in regional tensions, although he stressed that he will give “an overwhelming response” to any aggression.
“We hope that the withdrawal of the United States from the region will put an end to all the chaos and conflicts,” he said during a telephone conversation with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
Thus, he has accused Washington of initiating “a new round of tensions” in the region with the bombing that killed General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard on January 3, as reported by the Iranian television network Press TV
In this regard, Baqeri has highlighted that Iran carried out in response to the bombings against Iraqi bases in which US soldiers are deployed despite the fact that Washington sent messages trying to calm the situation.
Soleimani died along with the 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) – a coalition of Iraqi pro-government militias supported by Tehran -, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and several Iraqi militiamen, after which Iran promised to take revenge For the attack.
In response to the death of Soleimani, on January 8, Iran attacked two military bases located in Iraq with missiles in which American soldiers are deployed, in which Iran's supreme leader, Ali Jamenei, described Washington as a “slap” .
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said hours later that the attacks have ended without casualties, although a person in charge of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran affirmed that they have killed at least 80 US military personnel.
For their part, the Iraqi authorities strongly criticized the bombing of Soleimani and the FMP and stressed that this coalition of militias was an important element in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State.
Thus, the Iraqi Parliament approved on January 5 a motion that requires the expulsion of US troops from the country and obliges the Government to commit to making public any agreement reached in the future for the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers.
During the day of January 6, the Iraqi Executive limited the activities of the international coalition and reduced them to training and advisory work, prohibiting their movements by land and air. Therefore, the coalition against the Islamic State announced on January 9 a “pause” of its military operations in Iraq.