After three days of national mourning Iranian commander, Qasem Soleimani was laid to rest in his hometown in Kerma. Iran avenged the assassination of their leader by firing a number of missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops on Wednesday.
According to the Pentagon, more than a dozen ballistic missiles were targeted at the Al Asad and Erbil military bases but there are no official reports of any casualties.
Speaking on the retaliation, Foreign Minister of Iran, Javad Zarif said, ” Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war but will defend ourselves against any aggression”.
In a series of Tweets, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also declared it had given its enemy ‘a slap in the face’.
The Iran parliament on Tuesday unanimously voted for a motion to designate the U.S. Army and the Pentagon as “terrorists”.
More than 60 mourners have been estimated to have died with over 200 injured in a stampede during the Soleimani’s funeral yesterday. Photos and visuals of a sea of people walking at the procession are doing rounds in the social media. Reports said that the mourners trampled on each other as the coffin passed. The injured were immediately transferred to the hospital.
Soleimani was killed along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces, an Iran-backed umbrella organisation comprising several militias in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in Kerbala, Iraq.
Following the killing of Soleimani by Washington in an airstrike, Iran has unfurled a red flag on top of the iconic The Holy Dome of Jamkaran Mosque in Qom, which is an old Shi’ite tradition symbolising bloody revenge.
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