first published on January 3, 2020 by Will
An influential Iranian official has threatened “vigorous revenge” on the US for the targeted airstrike that left Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani dead.
Mohsen Rezaee, a former commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), who now closely advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted: “Martyr #قاسم_سلیمانی joined his martyred brothers, but we will take vigorous revenge on America.”
— محسن رضایی (@ir_rezaee) January 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed the airstrike was an act of international terrorism and threatened the US with consequences for “rogue adventurism.”
Soleimani was killed along with Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iranian proxy Popular Mobilization Forces in a precision airstrike on or near Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) on Thursday.
Soleimani was the former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and later went on to be head of the IRGC’s Quds Force branch, which focuses on foreign operations through the use of irregular proxy militias. In April 2019, the Trump Administration designated the IRGC as a foreign terror organization.
The US State Department estimates that Soleimani and the IRGC was responsible for 17% of US troop deaths during OIF.