Donald Trump has taunted Iran saying General Qasem Soleimani who was the head of the elite Quds Force should have been ‘taken out many years ago’ on Twitter.
It comes as Iran’s defence minister has threatened the US with “crushing revenge” and “jihad” in retaliation for General Qasem Soleimani’s assassination.
Recall that General Qasem Soleimani who was the head of the elite Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy-leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces were killed by a US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport.
Trump tweeted on Friday morning:
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”
“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”
Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed his country would avenge the bitter loss of his highest ranking general, while Lebanon’s Tehran-backed Hezbollah said it would ramp up its terror “with the blessing of his pure blood.”
Reacting to this earlier on Twitter, Trump, who is in Mar-a-Lago for the holiday season, taunted Iran, writing:
“Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
It’s unclear what the president meant in his tweet about Iran winning a negotiation.