UPDATED 10:05 AM PT — Sunday, January 5, 2020
Iran has officially named the successor of General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. led airstrike earlier this week. Iranian Commander Esmail Ghaani assumed leadership of the Quds Force this week, hours after Soleimani’s death.
Iranian state media said Ghaani threatened to take revenge on the United States.
“Be patient, and you will see the bodies of Americans all over the Middle East,” he said.
Iran’s supreme leader said the program of the Quds Force will remain unchanged as the commander settles into his new position. Reports said Ghaani is one of the top deputies in the country’s forces.
Brigadier General Qa’ani has been appointed new Commander of IRGC Quds Force. The strategy of the Quds Force will be identical to that during the time of Martyr General Soleimani pic.twitter.com/a2zjhp90QP
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 3, 2020
Following Soleimani’s death, Iran asked the United Nations to condemn the United States. On Saturday, officials sent letters to the UN Security Council, claiming the airstrike was an act of terrorism that should not be tolerated.
Other UN ambassadors have also condemned the attack, saying the action will only make tensions worse.
“The great power of the United States (was) used to kill somebody the way gangs do it,” stated Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari. “This is why the Syrian Arab Republic condemns, in the strongest terms, the U.S. criminal aggression.”
A red flag, which represents what the country is calling “wrongful bloodshed,” was put up in Iran on Saturday as a sign of revenge. Since Soleimani’s death, many Iranians have vowed to avenge him.
First Time In The History, Red Flag Unfurled Over The Holy Dome Of Jamkarān Mosque, Qom Iran.
— SIFFAT ZAHRA (@SiffatZahra) January 4, 2020
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