MADRID, Jan. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The new head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard, Esmail Qaani, has again promised Monday “to hit the enemies with gallantry” in revenge for the death of his predecessor in office, Qasem Soleimani, in a US bombing in Iraq.
Thus, he said that the bombing was “a cowardly act” and added that “the enemy does not respond to any language other than force.” “We must stand firm before them,” he added, as reported by the Iranian news agency FARS.
For his part, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Yavad Zarif, has indicated that Soleimani “was a leading figure in the resistance front that continues to inspire resistance after his martyrdom,” as local TV network Press TV has collected. .
Soleimani died on January 3 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 He promised that he would 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 the international coalition said Thursday that the Iranian bombing against the Al Asad base caused injuries to eleven US military.
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.