MADRID, Jan. 3 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has threatened the United States on Friday with a “hard revenge” for the death of Iranian General Qassen Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the country's Revolutionary Guard, after an attack claimed by Washington at the Baghdad airport.
“A hard revenge is waiting for criminals who have their hands stained with their blood (that of Soleimani) and that of other martyrs of the incident,” Jamenei warned in a statement broadcast on Iranian state television, IRIB. The Iranian leader has also praised Soleimani and declared three days of mourning in the country.
The United States has claimed on Friday the death of Soleimani in an attack at the Baghdad airport “to protect US personnel abroad.”
The Pentagon, which has specified that it was the president of the United States, Donald Trump, who led the attack, explained in a statement that Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack US diplomats in Iraq and throughout the region. “.
Washington has thus referred to the demonstrations that have taken place at the US Embassy on Tuesday and Wednesday, motivated by US bombing in Iraq and Syria against the Kataib Hezbollah militia. According to the statement, “Soleimani approved the attacks on the US Embassy.”
For his part, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif, has branded the US attack of “silly escalation” and “extremely dangerous” because, as he said, Soleimani led “the most effective force fighting against Islamic State, the Against Nusra and Al Qaeda. ”
“The United States is responsible for all the consequences,” he has settled through his Twitter account, where he has also described the event as “international terrorism.”
In addition, the former Iranian military commander Mohsén Rezaí has assured in the same social network that Iran will take revenge “with forcefulness” of Washington.
The situation in Baghdad has worsened following the demonstrations that have taken place at the US Embassy on Tuesday and Wednesday, which forced security forces to use tear gas to disperse them, while the crowd chanted “Death to America.” Some areas of the facility were set on fire and some protesters tried to climb the enclosure wall.
In this context, United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned Wednesday that the United States would initiate “preventive actions to protect US forces.”
The protests took place in response to US bombings in Iraq and Syria against the Kataib Hezbollah militia, which is accused of being behind the death of an American citizen last week in an attack.