Iran promises ‘crushing and powerful retaliation’
A spokesperson for Iran’s armed forces has pledged the country “will set up a plan, patiently, to respond to this terrorist act in a crushing and powerful manner”.
“We are the ones who set the time and place of our reciprocal response,” said the Iranian Armed Forces’ spokesperson, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi.
Speaking to the Iranian Tasnim news agency, he also defended Qassem Soleimani’s presence in Iraq as “absolutely legal and at the invitation of Iraqi officials and the people of the country”, while claiming the opposite could not be said for the US military presence in the country.
“On the contrary, the Americans have occupied Iraq in violation of all international rules and regulations without any coordination with the Iraqi government and without the Iraqi people’s demand. They are looting the resources of that country and the oppressed people, especially their oil.
US and Nato forces in Iraq are stationed there at the Iraqi government’s invitation, to aid in the fight against Isis.