Assessment: Early this week, on Jan.3rd – which marked two years since Soleimani’s death on Baghdad airport road – Tehran urged Washington to arrest Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo for the assassination …
During a speech on the occasion of Friday prayers in the Iranian city of Mashhad which commemorated this week’s second anniversary of the US killing of IRGC General Qassem Soleimani, the top commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force (who was Soleimani’s replacement) vowed to take vengeance “from within the US”.
“You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.” Ezekiel 38:16
Iranian state and other foreign regional media featured Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani’s ultra-provocative words, translating them as follows: “We will prepare ground for the hard revenge against the US from within their homes, as we do not need to be present as supervisors everywhere.”
He added that “wherever is necessary we take revenge against Americans by the help of people on their side and within their own homes without our presence,” Commander Qaani said.
The fiery speech is being widely interpreted as a threat to strike directly at the American homeland via proxies or terror cells. It’s perhaps the most high-level direct threat of attack on US soil since the height of the Osama bin Laden days during the early years of the so-called ‘war on terror’.
Further, at a moment that US bases in both Iraq and northeast Syria are coming under increased drone and rocket attack, something particularly intense this week from what the Pentagon has dubbed “Iran-backed militias”, the Quds force chief told the Iranian crowds gathered for the speech that operations to “uproot” the Americans had already begun…
“This revenge has begun. Americans will be uprooted from the region,” the IRGC Quds Force Commander said.
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