The leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Jamenei, said Friday that those who murdered the commander of the Quds Force of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution (IRGC), General Qasem Soleimani, face a "hard revenge." .
In a statement issued by official Persian media, Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the "cruelest people on earth" for the murder of the "honorable" commander who "fought bravely for years against the evils and bandits of the world."
"His death will not stop his mission, but criminals who have stained their hands with the blood of General Soleimani and other martyrs in the attack on Thursday night should expect a hard revenge," the leader added.
Iraqi Shiite militias Popular Crowd denounced yesterday that their vice president, Abu Mahdi al Mohandes, and Qasem Soleimani died during the early morning in a US bombing against the vehicle in which they were traveling in Baghdad.
In its official Twitter account, the Popular Crowd said that the vehicle was the target of an air attack on the international airport road.
On the other hand, a source at Baghdad airport confirmed to Efe the death of Al Mohandes in an attack that took place near those facilities on the outskirts of the capital, which left two calcined vehicles. According to the source, who requested anonymity, another seven people perished, including two of Iranian nationality.
General Soleimani was in charge of the operations outside Iran of the Guardians of the Revolution and has been present on the ground in Syria and Iraq, supervising the militias backed by Tehran in both Arab countries.
Khamenei stressed Friday that "Martyr Soleimani is an international figure of the Resistance, and all Resistance devotees are now his avengers."
"All friends and enemies should know that the path of resistance jihad (holy war) will continue with double motivation, and a final victory awaits those who fight on this path," Jamenei said in this statement.
The Iranian leader insisted that "the disappearance of our disinterested and dear general is bitter, but the ongoing struggle and the achievement of the final victory will make life more bitter for murderers and criminals."
In his statement, the Iranian leader also expressed his condolences to the nation and the family of General Soleimani, and declared three days of national mourning.
The alleged selective bombing took place in the early hours of Friday, after tensions increased in recent days between Washington and Tehran with the assault of supporters of the Popular Crowd at the US Embassy in Baghdad on December 31, when they managed to break into and Burn a small part of the complex.
In turn, that assault was in response to an American attack on positions of some battalions of Iraqi militias in western Iraq on the 29th, when according to the Popular Crowd 25 of his men died and more than 50 were injured.
The Pentagon said at the time that it launched "defensive attacks" against the Kata'ib Hizbulá group, which operates under the umbrella of the Popular Crowd and is responsible for the launching of projectiles and rockets at US interests on Iraqi soil.
Iran's Defense Minister, General Amir Hatami, also promised Friday that he will take revenge on "all who are behind the murder."
"Without a doubt, this heinous crime, which is a resounding proof of the evil nature of the Great Satan, the arrogant United States and its total support for terrorism in the region and Iraq, will be answered in an overwhelming manner," said the military .
Earlier, the former IRGC commander, Major General Mohsen Rezaei, also promised a "hard revenge" against the perpetrators of the alleged murders.