On January 3, 2020, Suleimani, the commander of the Al-Quds Brigade of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in an attack on Iraq by the U.S. military.
To commemorate the first anniversary of Suleimani’s murder, Iran held an event in Tehran on the 1st. The commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Kharani, the commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, and Laisi, the Iranian judicial director, attended the event and vowing to avenge Suleimani.
In their speeches, Salamy and Qani both said that Iran would continue to carry out revenge on Suleimani and take hard revenge on the murderer.
Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran Salamy: We will defeat the enemy on the battlefield.
KARNI, commander of the “Al-Quds Brigade” of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran: [The murderer] should know in your heart that even if you hide at home, you will pay the price for the crimes you committed.
Salamy and Kani also stressed that Iran is ready to deal with any “anti-Iran action” by the United States in the region, and any provocation by the U.S. military will be resolutely counterattacked by the Iranian armed forces.
Lacy also expressed the same position in his speech.
Iranian Judiciary Director Lacy: The enemy will wait for resolute revenge. They should know that Iran will decide when and where to revenge for Suleimani’s sacrifice, including the complete expulsion of the U.S. military from the region.
On the same day, Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also posted on social media that the assassination of Suleimani by the United States is a flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty, international law and the Charter of the United Nations, and that Iran is bound to bring the murderer of Suleimani to justice.
In addition to official activities, some Iranian people spontaneously organized a motorcade parade on the main streets of Tehran on the 1st to commemorate Suleimani.
On January 3, 2020, Suleimani was assassinated by a U.S. drone-launched missile near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Suleimani’s death caused high regional tension and U.S.-Iran relations also fell to freezing point.