Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the US assassination of Iran’s top military commander General Qassem Soleimani was a disgrace for the United States.
“They stealthily and cowardly assassinated Gen. Soleimani in a terrorist fashion. This resulted in a disgrace for America,”
For the first time in eight years, Ayatollah Khamenei is leading Friday prayers in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque, where huge crowds of worshipers have already gathered.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran’s missile response to the assassination dealt a blow to the American prestige.
The missile attack was a “military blow, but more important it was a blow to the American grandeur”, the Leader said.
Massive protest rallies are also expected to be held after the prayers in condemnation of the United States which recently assassinated the Middle East’s most prominent anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani.
“Anti-terror General Soleimani was the strongest commander of the fight against terrorism… They assassinated this commander “cowardly”
“US has been hit by Resistance Front in Iraq, Afghanistan & Syria. But recent blow was strongest one, a disgrace to US credibility, which they will never be able to restore, after IRGC missile attacks on its military base in Iraq .
“Another move to overshadow the events was the move by UK, France, and Germany to threaten us w taking JCPOA case to UNSC. E3 are those helped Saddam as much as they could in Iraq war on Iran. Germany provided him w chemicals. France provided Iraq w choppers.
“UK also did its best to help Saddam. This is their background. I told you after US exit that E3 are just paying lip service, and telling lies. I said I don’t trust them. Now you see they’re just pawns of the US. They’re trying to bring Iran to its knees.
“E3 announcement to launch #IranDeal dispute resolution mechanism was aimed at impacting and downplaying the recent developments, referring to huge number of people attending General Soleimani funeral and #Iranattack on US base in Iraq.
“The past two weeks were eventful and exceptional weeks. There were bitter and sweet events for the Iranian nation to take lessons from during these two weeks.
“What does “Allah’s Days” mean? It’s the day when one sees God’s power in events. The day when 10s of millions in Iran & 100s of thousands in Iraq & other countries took to the streets to venerate Martyr Soleimani creating the world’s largest funeral. This is one of Allah’s Days.
“The fact that Iran has the power to give such a slap to a world power shows the hand of God,” Khamenei, saying the U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, showed Washington’s “terrorist nature”.
“U.S. President Donald Trump, who pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and ratcheted up tension by reimposing U.S. sanctions, had ordered the drone strike that killed Soleimani, who built up proxy militias across the region.
“The shameless US government was disgraced by calling Martyr Soleimani a terrorist when he was recognized by everyone as the most prominent & powerful commander in the fight against terrorism. Which other commander could do the great things he did?
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