After the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and his associates in Baghdad in a drone attack, tensions between Tehran and Washington flared up. Iran responded to the assassination with strikes on Iraqi bases, housing US troops, which left 11 Americans injured, as a spokesman for US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri has touted a tougher response if Washington continues its behaviour, Mehr News Agency reports. According to the Iranian outlet, the commander stated that their retaliation following the murder of Qasem Soleimani, who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, showed Tehran’s determination to defend its rights.
The Iranian military man threatened the US with retaliation for its misdeeds during a phone call with Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar. As the Iranian news outlet reports, Bagheri branded Soleimani’s killing a “cowardly, inhuman, and immoral act” that goes against all international laws.
Bagheri noted that although the Islamic Republic is not interested in escalating tensions he warned that any irrational and aggressive moves by other countries will prompt a tough response from Tehran. He voiced hope that “the root of all irregularities and conflicts will be removed with the US exit from the region”.
The Turkish defence minister offered his condolences to the Iranian people, its government, and armed forces, over Soleimani’s death. He…