Iran in mourning, vows revenge for Qassem Soleimani’s killing

The death of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States has triggered a wave of emotions.

“The pure blood of Qassem Soleimani will surely strengthen the tree of resistance, unite the Iranian people, and make US policies in the region less effective by the day,” he said.

Iran’s National Security Council has asked an emergency meeting to decide Iran’s reaction on this.

“Following the martyrdom of the glorious General Haj Qasem Soleimani, I name Brigadier General Esmail Qaani as the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement published on his official website.

State broadcaster IRIB and radio channels have dedicated their entire broadcast to the news of Soleimani’s assassination.

“The assassination of Qassem Soleimani has definitely enraged a majority of Iranians, irrespective of political beliefs,” shared Ali Akbar Dareini, an expert on Iran-US affairs at the Center for Strategic Studies in Tehran.

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“The unilateral US sanctions were a declaration of economic war and this reckless move is obviously a major escalation and a declaration of war against Iran,” Dareini told Al Jazeera.

The White House and Pentagon also said the attack on Soleimani was carried out with the idea of deterring future attacks which were allegedly being planned by Iran.

“This is also a gift to Daesh and all terrorists in the region,” the political analyst said.

Soleimani, alongside Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a key figure in Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) who was also earlier killed in the airstrikes, were instrumental to the two countries’ fight against ISIL (ISIS).

“After him [Soleimani], the political, security and military red lines of the region will be transformed,” shared Hesammodin Ashna. “The deserts, mountains and valleys know him better than the streets, palaces and towers”.

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