Iran Supreme Leader vows ‘blood revenge’ after Quds Force commander killed in US airstrike

“Shahid Soleymani is the international face of the resistance and all who have a heart-felt connection to the resistance seek his blood revenge,” said Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei in a statement after the US military killed, in airstrike, Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.

“All friends – and indeed all enemies – should know that the path of jihad and resistance continues with increased motivation and certain victory awaits the mujahideen on this blessed path,” Ali Khamenei added.

“The absence of our dear and self-sacrificing Sardar is bitter, but the continuation of the resistance and its final victory will be more bitter for the murderers and criminals,” Ali Khamenei said.

The Pentagon said that Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. 

“General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the Pentagon said. “He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”

“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world,” the Pentagon said.