The U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, has threatened Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, Iran’s new Quds Force commander, with the fate of his predecessor Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani.
In an interview with the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, Hook advised Brig. Gen. Ghanni to not follow Soleimani’s path of “killing Americans.”
“We took the world’s most dangerous terrorists off the battlefield … And as a consequence, the region is going to be safer because Soleimani was the glue that held together the proxies, and his death will create a void that the regime will not be able to fill,” the U.S. diplomat said in the interview, which was released on January 23.
Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani was killed along with several senior Iranian and Iraqi military commanders in a U.S. drone strike on the Baghdad International Airport on January 3. In a matter of a few hours, Brig. Gen. Ghaani was appointed as the new Quds Force commander.
The U.S. took responsibility for assassinating the senior Iranian commander right away, in what was widely seen as an attempted to intimidate Tehran.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) avenged the death of Soleimani by launching a missile strike on a base hosting hundreds of U.S. troops in northern Iraq. The strike inflicted heavy damage to the base. However, no U.S. service members were killed.
Hook’s threat indicates that the U.S. will go on with its hostile actions against Iran. Tehran and its regional allies had warned that they will work to force U.S. troops to pull out of the region, especially from Iraq.
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