Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike on his car in Baghdad on 3 January. IRGC General Mohammad Hejazi recently stated that “harsh revenge” for Soleimani’s assassination remains Tehran’s priority, and that retaliatory missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq in January were “only slaps”.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese political movement and militant group Hezbollah, has claimed that “the criminal assassination” of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in early January “was not only an American crime”.
The remarks followed the Iranian news agency Tasnim reporting that new names had been added to the list of American individuals reportedly involved in Soleimani’s killing.
The news outlet cited a spokesperson for the Popular Committee for the Celebration of the Anniversary of the Martyrdom of General Soleimani as saying the number of individuals on the list has been raised from 45 to 48, with six countries receiving warrants for the arrest of the alleged culprits.
Al-Maliki also compared US actions to those of gangsters rather than a state that chants “slogans of freedom and democracy”.
The interview came a few days after IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi told reporters that “harsh revenge” for Soleimani’s assassination remains Tehran’s priority, noting that retaliatory missile attacks on US military bases in Iraq in January were “only slaps”.
On 3 January, Soleimani and a senior Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi…