Iran's attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq on Jan. 8, which left more than 100 U.S. soldiers injured, "was a hard slap in the face," but the definitive response.
Iran's revenge for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani remains to be seen and will be accompanied by the final U.S. expulsion from the region, high representatives of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force said Tuesday.
Iran's attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq on Jan. 8, which left more than 100 U.S. soldiers injured, "was a hard slap in the face," Commander of IRGC Major General Hossein Salami said during parades in Tehran, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution's victory.
The Commander in Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Musavi added that although it is not the definitive answer to the attack against Soleimani, perpetrated in Iraq on Jan. 3.
"The higher our hand is raised, the harder the hit will be," Musavi said as he also highlighted Iran's advances in nuclear energy, nanotechnology, aerospace, and defense industry.
Surrounded by masses of ralliers in the capital, Salami concluded that this is not a warning but a message "of glory, of power and authority, of resistance and resilience, a message of obedience of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, a message that the path of the martyrs will be continued, including the path of the martyred General, Qassem Soleimani."
The tense relationship between the U.S. and Iran continues to deteriorate ever since Washington unilaterally abandoned the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program in May 2018, and worsened in early January 2020 with the U.S. attack on Baghdad.