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Iran Holds U.S. Accountable For Soleimani Assassination, Says Appropriate Measures Were Adopted

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Iran Holds U.S. Accountable For Soleimani Assassination, Says Appropriate Measures Were Adopted

Iranian weaponry and military equipment exhibition in Tehran on February 2, 2019. Image source: AFP

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said on January 3 that the U.S. is responsible for the assassination of Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, revealing that it has adopted measures in response to the incident.

“The Supreme National Security Council in its extraordinary session held today adopted appropriate decisions with reviewing various aspects of this tragic incident and hereby, it announces that the United States will be responsible for all consequences of this criminal adventurism,” the council said in an official statement.

Maj. Gen. Soleimani was killed along with several Iranian and Iraqi commanders in the early hours of January 3 when U.S. aircraft struck their vehicles in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

In its statement, the Supreme National Security Council said that the attack was “the biggest U.S. strategic blunder in the West Asia region, and America will not easily escape its
consequences.”

Iran appointed Brig. Gen. Esmail Gha’ani as the new commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force in its first response to the U.S. attack. The measure echoes Iran’s high military readiness.

While it is almost certain that Iran will respond to the assassination of Maj. Gen. Soleimani, the nature of the response remains unclear. Tehran could opt to attack U.S. troops in Iraq, where the incident took place.

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