“God willing, when the order is issued and when God wants, the IRGC can materialize the Supreme Leader’s promise (to take a harsh revenge from the US),” Rear Admiral Fadavi said in Tehran on Saturday, addressing students who had gathered at the University of Tehran to emphasize readiness to take a harsh revenge from Washington.
He underlined that taking revenge from the US is not limited to Iran, and the whole geography of the resistance front will be involved.
After Fadavi’s speech, the crowds of the students who were present at the event took to the nearby Enqelab street and moved towards Palestine square where they joined other mourners.
They chanted ‘Death to the US’ and ‘Death to Israel’ slogans to condemn Washington’s assassination of General Soleimeni.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by the US drones at Baghdad International Airport early on Friday morning.
General Qassem Soleimani has been martyred by the US aircraft after lifetime efforts, the IRGC said in a statement early Friday morning.
The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shaabi. The PMF media arm said the two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
The Pentagon confirmed the attack in a statement.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday vowed harsh revenge from the United States.
The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. On Wednesday President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East.
US officials earlier suggested they were to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.
The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-US relations that could further undermine US influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.
US President Donald Trump was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.
The attack represents a dramatic escalation by the US toward Iran after months of tensions. The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.