The funeral of the general and mutual threats: what is happening between the US and Iran
On January 3, General Kassem Suleimani, the commander of the elite special forces unit Al-Quds as part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed in Iraq as a result of US air strikes. The Pentagon confirmed that Suleimani was killed by order of US President Donald Trump. The funeral of the general took place on January 6, at which hundreds of thousands of people came. Writes about it with the BBC.
Iran has promised to brutally avenge the United States for the murder of one of the most influential Iranian military leaders.
The 62-year-old Suleimani commanded the elite special forces Al-Quds as part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and led Iran’s military operations in the Middle East. In the USA they considered him a terrorist. US President Donald Trump said Suleymani was preparing attacks on US diplomats and military personnel in Iraq and other countries in the region.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif, referring to photographs of a crowd of thousands who want to say goodbye to General Suleimani, asked Donald Trump a rhetorical question: did he ever see “such a sea of human compassion” and stated that “this is the beginning of the end of the US malignant presence in the region ".
In turn, General Ismail Kaani, who led the Al-Quds division literally a few hours after the death of Suleymani, vowed to avenge his death.
“We swear by Allah that we will avenge the martyrdom of Suleimani,” he said. “We promise to continue the work of the martyr Suleimani with the same determination and repay his suffering by expelling the United States from this region.”
What happened at the mourning ceremony?
For many in Iran, Suleymani is a national hero, the second most influential person in the country after Ayatollah Khamenei. Farewell to Sulejmani has begun yet on SaturdayJanuary 5, when the death of an Iranian general was mourned in Baghdad.
Prayers were led by the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, at some point tears were visible in his eyes.
People cried, many held portraits of the deceased in their hands. While a coffin was carried over their heads, the death of America was chanted in the crowd.
The daughter of General Zeynab Suleymani threatened the United States with a quick revenge and said that the “rainy day” had come for the United States. “Crazy Trump, don’t think that it’s all over with my father’s martyrdom,” Zeynab Suleymani said during the mourning ceremony and invited the families of the US military to prepare for the death of their children.
The funeral ceremony will continue in Qum, one of the centers of Shiite Islam, where Suleimani’s body will be delivered. On Tuesday, January 7, he will be buried in his hometown of Kerman.
Visiting the Suleymani family in their home in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: "The Americans did not understand what a tragic mistake they made."
After the mourning ceremony, unidentified persons fired rockets at Baghdad’s green zone.
What do the Iranians themselves say about the killed general?
Suleimani was popular among hardliners and regime supporters, but not as popular with the rest of the population.
Paniz: “I think Suleimani did not deserve such an end. He did a lot for Iran, for the defense of his country. Our enemies have been encroaching on us for forty years, and he wanted to protect Iran. ”
Sara: “I do not understand those who thank the American President Trump for this blow and wonders what Suleimani did in Syria and Iraq. Why do Americans climb into our region from the other end of the world? ”
Erfan: “Suleymani was not a hero, he was just a military man, who was too overestimated by the leadership. People perceive him too emotionally. ”
Ali: “I do not argue that we have problems, but one of ours was killed by foreigners. And our sense of patriotism will not allow us to stand on the side of these foreigners. We should unite in the face of such actions. ”
How did Iran respond to the killing of Suleimani?
On Sunday, January 5, the Iranian government announced that it was giving up restrictions on a nuclear deal concluded in 2015 by Iran and six international mediators, writes with the BBC.
Tehran says it is ready to return to fulfillment of obligations in the event of lifting the sanctions, and also directly associates its decision with the murder on Friday of high-ranking General Kassem Suleimani.
“Iran will finally abandon restrictions on a nuclear deal, primarily regarding the number of centrifuges. Thus, the Iranian nuclear program will not have any restrictions in terms of production, as well as research in this area and further development of the program, ”the government said in a statement.
Iranian authorities added that they would continue to cooperate with the IAEA and would return to fulfilling their nuclear deal obligations if sanctions against the country were lifted and the country's interests were taken into account.
In addition, as stated by the official representative of the country's Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, Tehran must also ensure that the United States is responsible for the assassination of General Kassem Suleimani.
Over the weekend, Tehran and Washington exchanged threats over the killing of Suleimani.
Iran’s Supreme Advisor’s military adviser, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and former defense minister Hossein Degan said Iran is preparing to strike at US military facilities.
“The USA started the war. Therefore, they must be prepared for an adequate response to their actions. The only thing that can put an end to this period of the war is a blow to the Americans, equivalent to the one they inflicted, ”he said.
The general added that "the answer will undoubtedly be military and will be directed against military installations." He also emphasized that the Iranian leadership of Iran "has never sought and will not strive for war."
What kind of deal?
The so-called Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) was signed by six countries (USA, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany) with the goal of limiting the Iranian nuclear program. Tehran agreed to allow international inspectors to its nuclear facilities and limit its nuclear program in exchange for lifting severe economic sanctions imposed on it.
In 2018, Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the agreement and the restoration of sanctions against Iran. After that, Tehran began to phase out its obligations under the JCPOA.
The current stage - The fifth and last in this process. Tehran called it a key limitation in the nuclear deal and said it would no longer follow any of them.
As Trump answered
The US president warned that US forces are holding 52 Iranian targets and are ready to deliver a “very quick and very strong” strike if Tehran attacks the Americans, writes with the BBC.
Trump said in his Twitter that Iran openly talks about its intention to attack American targets after the US military killed the influential Iranian general Kassem Suleimani, and that these threats must be put to an end.
Trump threatened that the United States, among other things, is ready to strike at objects that are "very significant for Iran and its culture."
“The latest military equipment that Washington just spent two trillion dollars on will be used to attack,” the American president wrote in another Twitter post.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on the US ambassador to Tehran to protest Trump’s latest threats.
Iran also reacted emotionally to Trump's statement that objects of cultural value could be under attack.
“Hitting cultural sites is a war crime,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.
Iranian hackers respond to trump
Shortly after Trump tweeted, Iranian hackers hacked into one of the U.S. government sites.
On the website of the Public database of government documents (American Federal Depository Library Program), an image of Trump appeared in which rockets fly. A hand in a military uniform strikes Trump with a fist, bleeding from his mouth.
The collage is accompanied by a signature that the attack on the state website was made by a certain “Group of cyber security hackers of Iran” on behalf of the “Islamic Republic of Iran”.
“We will not stop supporting our friends in the region: the oppressed people of Palestine, the oppressed people of Yemen, the people and government of Syria, the people and government of Iraq, the oppressed people of Bahrain, the resistance movement in Lebanon and Palestine will always have our support,” the inscription read, appeared on a hacked site owned by the US government.
How European leaders reacted to US actions
The assassination of an Iranian general provoked mixed reactions from European leaders.
French President Emmanuel Macron, in a telephone conversation, expressed support for the Iraqi government, which was not informed of the impending operation.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet commented on the situation and did not interrupt his vacation in the Caribbean.
The head of the British Foreign Ministry, Dominic Raab, called on Iran to go through the diplomatic path and weaken the escalation of the conflict. Raab said the United States has the right to action in its defense.
On December 4, more than 150 people gathered at the residence of the British Prime Minister on Downing Street for a rally calling for Washington to prevent a further aggravation of the conflict with Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized European reaction to US actions.
“Honestly, the Europeans did not give us the proper support. The British, French, Germans - everyone should understand what we did, what the Americans did - we saved Europe, including, ”said Pompeo.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- General Kassem Suleimani, the commander of the elite special forces Al-Quds as part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, killed in Iraq as a result of US airstrike. The Pentagon confirmed that Suleimani was killed by order of US President Donald Trump.
- Suleymani air strike launched several days after protest attempt in Baghdad take the american embassy by storm. In Washington, they said that the attack on the diplomatic mission was carried out by order of General Suleymani.
- Iran has promised to brutally avenge the United States for the murder of one of the most influential Iranian military leaders.
- The killing of Suleimani could lead to a sharp escalation of tension between Iran, the United States and its allies in the region of Israel and Saudi Arabia, experts warn. Following the airstrike, world oil prices rose 4%.
- Trump and Pompeo aboutexplained the reasons for the killing of an Iranian general - he planned the killing of American citizens.
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