In early January, Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was killed in an American drone strike authorised by US President Trump, further exacerbating tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has stated that Tehran taking full-fledged revenge for Qasem Soleimani’s assassination in January remains a priority despite two “severe” slaps to the face of the United States.
He also made it clear the next slap may pertain to the expulsion of American forces from the Middle East, in an apparent nod to previous statements by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The warning comes a few days after General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of US Central Command, said in an interview with ABC News that American troops and diplomatic staff in Iraq face an increasing risk of attack from Iran or “Iranian-backed” groups as the one-year anniversary of Soleimani’s death approaches.
The general added he believed Iran was also not seeking to escalate matters, and that the Islamic Republic “doesn’t want a war with the United States right now”.
He spoke as relations between Washington and Tehran took a turn for the worse this week after the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia entered the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, in what was America’s latest deterrence mission against Iran. The US Navy confirmed the submarine was accompanied by two…