Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed to avenge the killing of the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qasem Soleimani.
General Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US drone on Thursday.
Khamenei made this known during his first official reaction to the strike on Baghdad.
Khamenei said “harsh revenge awaits the criminals” involved in the killing of Soleimani and others, in a message to the nation published on his official website.
“All friends – as well as all enemies – know that the path of Resistance will continue, and definite victory awaits the mujahideen on this this blessed path”.
Khamenei went on to praise the deceased general. According to Khamenei, dying for the cause was the general’s great wish.
Khamenei said, “For years it was his wish to become a martyr, and finally God granted him his highest office”,
“his pure blood was shed in the hands of the most depraved of human beings.”
Afterwards, Khamenei extended his condolences to Soleimani’s wife, children and all Iranian people.