(ConcernedPatriot.com) – General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was assassinated in January 2020 on orders from then-President Donald Trump.
The Iranian leadership expressed their outrage over the missile strike after it occurred.
Pres. Trump defends his order to kill a top Iranian general, accusing him of "plotting imminent and sinister attacks" on Americans. Iran has warned of "vigorous vengeance" in response.
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— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) January 3, 2020
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— News Rdg (@news_rdg) January 8, 2020
On Twitter in 2020, Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, referred to the assassination as “international terrorism.”
In retribution for Soleimani’s death, Iran is now threatening to assassinate Trump and others under his supervision at the time.
In the weeks after Soleimani’s passing, Iran fired several missiles at US bases in Iraq. Still, General Amirali Hajizadeh, who is in charge of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, vowed to assassinate US President Donald Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and US Central Command Commander General Kenneth McKenzie.
Hajizadeh also boasted of having a missile with a range of more than 1,000 miles during an interview with state television in late February.
Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran's IRGC Aerospace, said "Inshallah we will be able to kill Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, (former @CENTCOM chief Kenneth) McKenzie, and others who ordered killing of Qasem Soleimani."
— Emily Schrader – אמילי שריידר امیلی شریدر (@emilykschrader) February 25, 2023
The general said in his address that he could have executed many “weak soldiers” in Iraq in January 2020 but decided against doing so because he preferred to punish the officers who gave the orders accountable for their actions.
Geopolitical researcher Irina Tsukerman told Newsmax that “this is not the first time Iran displayed interest in assassinating the former president” and other top people.
She highlighted that these threats are “quite viable.” She said the White House mishandled past Iranian attempts to assassinate US government figures.
This covers the August 2022 plot to assassinate John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser. Although the DOJ charged an IRGC soldier in the conspiracy, no one has yet located or apprehended him.
These threats are being made while President Joe Biden tries to figure out how to get Iran to rejoin a nuclear agreement. Tsukerman thinks the best approach to counter these threats is severe penalties, a crackdown on propaganda, and covert operations.
However, that is the reverse of what the POTUS wants to do. It would reduce any chance of engaging in negotiations with the country.
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