Rice said they would see harsh retaliation. What they have seen for so many days is just a glimpse of it. The President of the United States does not think that anyone will escape justice as a murderer or instigator of the murder.
Those who are involved in these killings and have committed crimes are not safe on earth.
In addition to Iranian officials at various levels, representatives of the country’s regional allies and militias were also present. The list includes Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
General Qasem Soleimani is known as Haji Kashem in his native Iran. Although he was a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), his rank was unofficially that of any military officer in the country.
The ‘Quds Force’ of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was under the control of Soleimani. He built the army for 21-22 years.
The Quds Force is a large special operations unit designed for unconventional warfare. The main workforce of this force is mainly outside Iran. Solaimani was able to change the military balance in the Middle East using the Quds Force.
Solaimani was accountable to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme religious leader, for the entire workings of his army. Khamenei awarded General Solaimani the Medal of Order of Zulfiqar. He was the first to receive this title in post-revolutionary Iran.
Following Soleimani’s assassination, Iran’s top leaders, including Khamenei, called for the perpetrators to be punished.
Solaimani’s successor, Ismail Kani, warned on Friday that retaliation could come from anywhere. He said it was possible that people inside the house could respond to the crime.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have been rising since 2018. The United States reached an agreement with Iran in 2015 under former US President Barack Obama.
Apart from Iran and the United States, the six-nation pact includes Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.
Tensions escalated when Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in May 2018 and opted for sanctions on Iran. Since June 2019, the two countries have come close to war twice.