Tehran’s substitute Friday Prayer leader Ahmad Khatami said that the US “will no longer find peace” during his address in Tehran on Friday, following the US-led airstrike that killed the Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.
“We will take revenge, that will turn their day to a dark night,” said Khatami. Attendees of the Friday prayer were chanting slogans and crying while holding up pictures of Qasem Soleimani. Footage also shows protesters taking to the streets of Tehran to condemn the assassination of the slain general.
Some demonstrators burned an Israeli and a UK flag, while another protester was seen holding up a torn US flag. One of the participants said he had a message for US President Donald Trump, adding “you murdered one person, we will murder hundreds of yours.” Soleimani was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport in the early hours of Friday morning, alongside Jamal Jafaar Mohammed Ali Ebrahimi, the leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi).
The Pentagon released a statement confirming the US had carried out the airstrike at the order of US President Donald Trump, calling it a “decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “severe revenge awaits the criminals” behind the attack.