Hard Revenge on US Has Just Begun: Iranian Cleric
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran’s provisional Friday prayers leader said Iran’s missile attack on a US military base in Iraq in retaliation for Lt. General Qassem Soleimani’s assassination was only a small part of the hard revenge operation against Washington.
Addressing worshippers in Tehran on Friday, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Javad Haj Ali Akbari hailed Gen. Soleimani’s major role in the collapse of Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group and said the revered commander promoted security in the Middle East region and other parts of the world.
Gen. Soleimani created a type of security that was the outcome active resistance not the one that comes from compromise or negotiation, which does not last, the cleric added.
“The hard revenge has just begun,” he said, adding that a very small part of the revenge operation has started.
The remarks came as Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday targeted two US airbases in Iraq, including the Ain al-Assad in the western province of Anbar, in retaliation for the US assassination of the top Iranian anti-terror commander.
An informed source at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said the IRGC’s missile attack on the US airbase of Ain al-Assad has killed at least 80 American forces.
“At least 104 targets from the positions of the Americans and their allies in the region have been identified, and if the Americans make any mistake again, those positions will be targeted,” the source warned.
The source also said that a number of American drones and helicopters and a large amount of military equipment were seriously damaged in the IRGC missile attack.
Fifteen missiles rained down on Ain al-Assad airbase, none of which were intercepted by the US army’s radar system, the source stated, adding that the accuracy and destructive power of the missiles have been so high that a number of the missiles annihilated several sensitive targets simultaneously each.