Qassem Soleimani's Body Brought Back to Iran, the US President Threatens to Hit 52 Iranian Sites if Iran Retaliates
January 5 , 2020
The mortal remain of Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was brought back from Iraq to southwest Iran’s Ahvaz city on Sunday. Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis’ body was flown to Ahvaz. Live footage aired on the state news channel showed thousands of mourners dressed in black marched at the funeral. In a few hours, Soleimani’s body will be brought to the Iranian city of Mashhad, where the mortal remain will be kept the holiest place in Iran, the Imam Reza shrine. With Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warning that "a harsh retaliation is waiting" and several blasts hitting the Baghdad area (including a projectile hitting Green Zone near the US embassy), Iraqi security forces have been put on high alert. Reports say the militia Kataib Hezbollah brigades has warned all Iraqi forces that they should distance themselves from US bases from Sunday onwards. The US President Donald Trump has said that the US will hit 52 Iranian sites “very fast and very hard” if Iran retaliates and hits either Americans or the US assets. To stall a new war in the Middle East, Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna have introduced a law for blocking funds for “military force in or against Iran” without the approval of the US Congress.