Press TV, Tehran
On Friday, January 3, Iranians from all walks of life took to the streets across the nation to condemn the US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units as well as several others were killed in the US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital.
Speaking to Press TV, many Iranians said this is uncharted territory that is going to escalate the already dangerous situation not just in Iraq but across the Middle East.
Soleimani was a revered figure in Iran and across the region for helping defeat the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria and countering US influence. Demonstrators on Friday said that the US will have to bear the full responsibility for the consequences of its dangerous move.
The Pentagon has confirmed that the attack came at the direction of US President Donald Trump. People say Soleimani’s martyrdom could prove a turning point in the Middle East, prompting retaliatory moves by Iran and the resistance forces in the region against Israel and the US.
Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has vowed that harsh revenge awaits those who assassinated the top Iranian commander. He has also declared three days of national mourning for the veteran of the Iraq-Iran War in the 1980s.
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