Published: 08:35 GMT, 9 January 2020 | Updated: 08:47 GMT, 9 January 2020
Iran will take ‘harsher revenge soon’ after launching missile attacks on US bases following the death of Qassem Soleimani, a revolutionary guards commander has said.
Senior commander Abdollah Araghi threatened further Iranian reprisals despite Donald Trump’s claims that the Islamic republic ‘appeared to be standing down’.
Iran launched 22 ballistic missiles at bases in Iraq early on Wednesday, but no US troops were harmed.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who earlier promised ‘revenge’ for Soleimani, had called the missiles a ‘slap in the face’ against the United States and hinted at more to come.
A Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran would take ‘harsher revenge soon’ after Tehran launched missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq (pictured)
Iran warned Iraq about the raids shortly before they happened, the Iraqi prime minister said yesterday.
Adel Abdul Mahdi said Iran’s tip-off was passed on to the bases where troops were able to take shelter in their bunkers.
Mahdi said Iran did not give specific locations to him but said they would only target locations where U.S. forces were present.
As the missiles were raining down, Mahdi said he received a call from Washington to say they already knew of the assault.
In their immediate aftermath, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran had concluded its ‘proportionate’ retaliation.
Donald Trump said Iran ‘appears to be standing down’ and even suggested Tehran and Washington could work towards a nuclear deal.
In a separate report, Tasnim news agency quoted the deputy Guards head, Ali Fadavi, as saying Iranian missile attacks on U.S. targets were a display of Iran’s military power and said U.S. forces ‘couldn’t do a damn thing.’
Iranian revolutionary guards commander warns of ‘harsher revenge soon’
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