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Iran says killers of top general Soleimani, including Trump, ‘not safe on Earth’

January 1, 2021


Successor to assassinated Quds force commander threatens ‘severe revenge’ which may come from within the United States

Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of death of former Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, on January 1, 2021. (STR / AFP)

By AFPToday, 2:26 pm  0Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of death of former Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, on January 1, 2021. (STR / AFP)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s judiciary chief warned Friday that Qassem Soleimani’s killers will “not be safe on Earth,” as the Islamic Republic began marking the first anniversary of the top general’s assassination in a US strike.

Ebrahim Raisi, speaking at an event in Tehran to pay tribute to Soleimani, said not even US President Donald Trump, who ordered the strike, was “immune from justice.”

Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020, ratcheting up tensions between decades-old enemies the United States and Iran.

“They will witness severe revenge. What has come so far has only been glimpses” of it, Raisi told the gathering at Tehran University.

Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of former Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, on January 1, 2021. (STR / AFP)

“Do not presume that someone, as the president of America, who appeared as a murderer or ordered a murder, may be immune from justice being carried out. Never,” he said. “Those who had a role in this assassination and crime will not be safe on Earth.”

The event was attended by Iranian officials, and speakers included representatives from allied regional countries and forces, namely Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

A separate event is expected to be held in the coming days in Kerman, Soleimani’s hometown where he is buried.

Soleimani headed the Quds force, the foreign operations arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Top Iranian authorities, including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had previously said that all those involved in his killing would face retribution.

Days after Soleimani’s killing, Iran launched a volley of missiles at Iraqi bases housing US and other coalition troops, with Trump refraining from any further military response.

The Iranian leadership has called the strikes a “slap” and vowed that “severe revenge” awaits.

Iranian Quds force commander Esmail Ghaani (R) and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) chief Hossein Salami (L) attend a ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of former Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, on January 1, 2021. (STR / AFP)

Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Ghaani, warned during Friday’s event that it may come from anywhere.

“It’s even possible that there are people inside your home [the United States] that will respond to your crime,” he said.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared since 2018, when Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposed crippling sanctions.

The two sides have twice come to the brink of war since June 2019, especially following the killing of Soleimani.

USAF B-52 Bombers Fly over Middle East in Fresh Show of Force

January 1, 2021
U.S. Air Force
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(UPI) — Two B-52 “Stratofortress” bombers of the U.S. Air Force arrived in the Middle East in a show of short-notice force, U.S. Central Command said on Wednesday.

CENTCOM’s announcement did not specify a destination for the planes, but emphasized their in-flight refueling capabilities and noted that their “deliberate appearance” was meant to “underscore the U.S. military’s commitment to regional security and demonstrate a unique ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming combat power on short notice.”

The B-52s are part of the 5th Bomb Wing, headquartered at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The deployment of bombers was CENTCOM’s third to the Middle East in the past 45 days.

On Dec. 10, two B-52s from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., joined aircraft of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar in a show of force in the Persian

In November, two B-52s bombers flew over the Middle East in a short-term mission.

The deployments are part of a buildup of tensions as the Middle East prepares for possible retaliation by Iran for the assassination of its top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, by Israel in November.

U.S. officials have also cited the potential for retaliation from Iran on the first anniversary, on Jan. 3, of the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. cruise missile strike by the United States in Iraq.

Both Israel and the United States have positioned missile-carrying submarines in the area, and the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz Strike Group, which includes the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and over 60 aircraft, has been stationed off the East African coast.