Iran has designated all US forces “terrorists” after an American drone strike killed one of its most powerful figures, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, last week, AFP reports.
The US operation, which killed several others, plunged the Middle East into turmoil and caused ties between Washington and Tehran to plummet even further.
Iran has vowed to avenge Soleimani’s killing, and US President Donald Trump promised retaliation in the event of an Iranian attack.
One Iranian minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, called Trump “a terrorist in suit”
Meanwhile, in Iraq, where the drone strike took place, the parliament asked US and other foreign troops to leave.
The US, on its part, has asked its citizens to leave Iraq.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, wept over Soleimani’s casket on Monday; his prayers joined the wails of mourners who flooded Tehran’s streets demanding retaliation.
Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He was a regional power-broker considered more powerful than Iran’s president and a popular man at home.