Tehran 0
7 January 2020

Following the killing by the U.S. of Iran’s Qods Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani claimed that Iran had "13 revenge scenarios". “Even the weakest of the 13… will be a historic nightmare for America”, he asserted, adding that “we are aware of the conditions of their military equipment and monitoring the smallest developments [in the region]… If the American forces do not leave our region vertically, we will make their bodies go horizontally”. Relatedly, a senior IRGC official contended that “people similar to [Soleimani] will take a harsh revenge but we will decide about the time and geography of revenge, not the enemies”.

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