At a memorial ceremony for Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s IRGC Commander Hossein Salami addressed the U.S. and Israel and warned that “If you take any erroneous action, we will hit you both”. Referring to Iran’s 8 January missile attacks against Iraqi bases hosting U.S. forces, Salami noted: “the U.S. was dealt a slap in the face. But the big and final slap is yet to come, until the last American trooper exits Muslim territories”. Another senior IRGC official predicted that “the cowardly and craven assassination of commander Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the Americans will lead to the liberation of Jerusalem”.
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