Islam News – The US administration has been trying to draw Iran into a greater conflict through “intentional provocations” by the assassination of the country’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani as well as a number of nuclear scientists, an American author and political analyst says – Press TV reported.
Daniel Kovalik, an academic at the University of Pittsburgh, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV while commenting on Iran’s determination not to allow those behind the targeted killing of the country’s legendary commander to evade punishment.
The US military assassinated General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions by targeting their vehicle outside Baghdad International Airport on January 3 last year.
The cowardly act of terror was carried out under the direction of US President Donald Trump, with the Pentagon taking responsibility for the strike.
In yet another act of terror in late November, prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted in a multi-pronged terrorist attack by a number of assailants in Absard city of Tehran Province’s Damavand County.
“Well of course this is not a new tactic,” Kovalik told Press TV. “The CIA in particular has engaged in targeted assassinations really from its very beginnings, though it does seem like with Iran there is an acceleration of this tactic right now with the killing of Soleimani and of course, the nuclear scientist a few weeks ago.”
The academic said, “It’s very clear that it’s really not about eliminating these particular people but it’s about trying to provoke Iran into doing something that might in the minds of the West justify a war.”
Kovalik underlined in the phone interview that Iran would not let those behind such assassinations get away unpunished but would also avoid a conflict as these terrorist moves are intentional provocations by the US.
“I think Iran is in a difficult spot; I mean they can’t allow these things to happen to them, to be done to them with impunity, without reacting. At the same time, they don’t want to overreact because again they know that these are intentional provocations to draw them into a greater conflict which Iran, of course, does not want,” he said.
Both General Soleimani and Muhandis were viewed by the world’s freedom-seeking people as heroes who risked their lives taking on Daesh, the world’s most notorious terrorist group, on the battlefield. They played a key part in defeating the terror outfit.
Iran unleashed a barrage of missiles on a US military base in Iraq on January 8 as part of its revenge for the assassination. US positions in Iraq have since been targeted several times.
Recently, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said revenge for the Iranian general was certain and would be exacted at the right time.
Iran has also issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining the US president, who ordered the assassination, and several other US military and political leaders behind the strike.
Furthermore, speaking on the sidelines of 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani at Tehran University Campus on Fri., Major general Hossein Salami reiterated, “We are ready to deal with any US anti-Iran move in the region,” as Mehr News reported.
“When we find ourselves in the battlefield, we are victorious,” Salami added.
In response to a question on the continuation of path of “Hard Revenge”, which has started in the region and will continue severely, he stated, “We assure people of the country that we will take revenge the perpetrators of assassination of Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani and his comrades very severely.”
The path of hard revenge is the path of collapse of Zionist regime and the United States in the region and also expulsion of US terrorist forces from the region, he said, adding, “Great dignity of Muslims must be preserved and this hard revenge must be taken as a way and a path.”