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THE TRUTH ON IRAN’S RETALIATIONS TO U S AIRSTRIKE

THE TRUTH ON IRAN’S RETALIATIONS TO U S AIRSTRIKE
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“A slap in the face of General Suleimani’s killing”, that is what Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei termed the dozen missiles lunched on the U S coalition air force base in Bagdad neighboring Iraq. General Quassem Suleimani was killed January 3rd by a U S drone strike in Iraq. To avoid diplomatic tension with its neighbor Iraq, Iran called to notify Iraq that an attack had begun and précised that the attacks will be targeting only American coalition forces positions. Later that same evening the U S notified Iraqi Prime Ministry that they were receiving missile attacks at Ain al-Asad and Erbil.

On national television Iran announced without evidence that about 80 American personnel were killed in the strike and precised that the information was being hidden from the public.  Iranians on the street were happy about the action taken by their government, saying that it shows their power. Reuters news agency stated unnamed US military source saying that Iran inflicting limited casualties and avoiding to kill American military personnel was done willingly in a bid to satisfy domestic opinion that Quassen Suleimani’s death has been avenged and to try and prevent U S retaliation.    

Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said the “final answer” to Suleimani’s assassination would be to “kick all US forces out of the region”. Tehera had promised to avenge its top official’s assassination but American President Donald Trump responded that should they make any attempt on any U S citizen or  interest, he had already located 52 sites in Iran which America will “hit very fast and hard”, including cultural sites some of which are very important to Iranian heritage.  

United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) boss, Audrey Azoulay call the United States to respect cultural heritage. Recalling that striking cultural sites even at war time was considered a war crime. Underlining that the US and Iran had signed a UN convention that protected those sites, some as old as the 6th century BC.     


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