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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.

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Iran has promised to brutally avenge the United States for the murder of one of the most influential Iranian military leaders.

Soleimani, 62, commanded an elite al-Quds unit in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and led Iran's military operations in the Middle East. The United States considered him a terrorist. US President Donald Trump said that Soleimani was preparing attacks on American diplomats and military in Iraq and other countries in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, referring to photographs of a crowd of thousands wishing to say goodbye to General Soleimani, asked Donald Trump a rhetorical question: has he ever seen “such a sea of ​​human compassion” and stated that “this is the beginning of the end of the malignant US presence in the region ”.

In turn, General Ismail Kaani, who led the Al-Quds unit just hours after the death of Soleimani, vowed to avenge his death.

“We swear by Allah that we will avenge the martyrdom of Soleimani,” he said. “We promise to continue the work of the martyr Soleimani with the same determination and to repay his suffering by expelling the United States from the region.”

What happened at the mourning ceremony?

For many in Iran, Suleimani is a national hero, the second most influential person in the country after Ayatollah Khamenei. Farewell to Suleimani began yet on SaturdayJanuary 5, when the death of an Iranian general was mourned in Baghdad.

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Prayers were led by the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, at some point tears were visible in his eyes.

People were crying, many were holding portraits of the deceased. As the coffin was carried over their heads, the crowd chanted “Death to America”.

General Zeynab Suleimani's daughter threatened the United States with imminent revenge and said that a “rainy day” had come for the United States. “Mad Trump, don't think that it's all over with the martyrdom of my father,” Zeinab Suleimani said during the mourning ceremony and invited the families of the American military to prepare for the death of their children.

The funeral ceremony will continue in the city of Qom, one of the centers of Shiite Islam, where the body of Suleimani will be delivered. On Tuesday, January 7, he will be buried in his hometown of Kerman.

Visiting the Soleimani family at 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 the “green zone” of Baghdad.

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. ”

Sarah: “I don’t understand those who thank US President Trump for this blow and wonder what Soleimani was doing in Syria and Iraq. Why do Americans climb into our region from the other end of the world? ”

Erfan: “Suleimani was not any hero, he was just a military man who was overrated by the leadership. People take it too emotionally. "

Ali: “I don’t argue that we have problems, but one of ours was killed by foreigners. And our sense of patriotism will not allow us to side with 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.

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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 the restrictions on the nuclear deal, primarily related to 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 US 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 war is a blow to the Americans, equal to the one that they inflicted, ”he said.

The general added that "the answer will undoubtedly be military and will be directed against military targets." He also stressed that the Iranian leadership of Iran "never aspired and will not seek 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 constraint on the nuclear deal and said it would no longer follow any of them.

As Trump answered

The US President warned that American forces are holding 52 Iranian targets at gunpoint and are ready to strike at them "very fast and very strong" 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 facilities that are "very significant for Iran and its culture."

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"The attack will use the latest military equipment, which Washington has just spent two trillion dollars on," the American president wrote in another tweet.

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.

“Attacking 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 the signature that the attack on the state website was carried out by a certain “Cybersecurity hacker group of Iran” on behalf of the “Islamic Republic of Iran”.

“We will not cease to support 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 caption read. appearing on a hacked website 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.

“To be honest, the Europeans did not give us the support we needed. The British, French, Germans - everyone should understand what we did, what the Americans did - we saved Europe, too, ”Pompeo said.

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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