On Friday, Iran’s judiciary chief alerted that Qasem Soleimani’s killers would not be safe on Earth, as the Islamic republic started marking the first anniversary of the top general’s killing in a US attack.
On his part, Ebrahim Raisi, speaking at an event in Tehran to pay tribute to Soleimani, stated not even US President Donald Trump, who ordered the strike, was immune from justice. It should indicate that Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone attack at Baghdad airport on January 3, which increasing tensions between decades-old superior enemies, the United States and Iran.
Raisi informed the gathering at Tehran University: They will witness severe revenge. What has come so far has only been glimpses of it. He added: Do not presume that someone, as the president of America, who appeared as a murderer or ordered a murder, maybe immune from justice being carried out, never. He also said: Those who had a role in this in this assassination and crime will not be safe on Earth.
Iranian officials and speakers included representatives from allied regional countries and forces, namely Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen participated in the event, and it’s expected that a separate event held in the next days in Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown where he is buried. Soleimani led the Quds force that constitutes the foreign operations arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
In fact, Top Iranian authorities, including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had previously declared that all those involved in his assassination would face punishment.
Following the Soleimani’s killing, Iran attacked by missiles Iraqi bases housing US and other coalition troops, while Trump refused any military response. The Iranian leadership has called the attacks as a slap and promised for severe revenge.
Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Qaani, alerted during Friday’s event that it may come from anywhere, saying: It’s even possible that there are people inside your home (the United States) that will respond to your crime.
Since 2018, tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased when Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions.