Iran's strikes at U.S. targets show 'hand of God'

At a rare Friday address, Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greeted the rocket attacks that damaged two U.S. bases in Iraq last week and wounded almost a dozen USA servants.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday prayers sermon that Iran's missile strikes on US targets in Iraq showed it had divine support in delivering a "slap on the face" to a world power.

Iran's top leader said the launch of the dispute mechanism was "done to overshadow" the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad, and Iran's subsequent retaliation.

The moment of national unity was shattered days later, when Iranian forces accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board, and then concealed their responsibility until they were confronted with mounting evidence from Western leaders.

"These American clowns that lie in utter viciousness that "we are with the people of Iran". His comments were met by chants of "Death to America!".

Protesters also plan on denouncing Klobuchar's attempts to further legitimize the targeting of Iran.

Following Soleimani's killing, Iran retaliated with strikes on USA targets, bringing Tehran and Washington to an escalating conflict.

In both instances, Ayatollah Khamenei reinforced the government's hard line by ordering people off the streets.

"The Quds Force is a humanitarian organisation with human values that protects people across the region", Khamenei said.

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So when the US takes actions, in airstrikes that kill 25 Iranians last week, obviously, that raised the threat level. In a video clip from a campaign rally posted to Twitter , Pete Buttigieg said Soleimani was "not a good guy".

"Resistance must continue until the region is completely freed from the enemy's tyranny", Khamenei said, in a reference to the United States that renewed his call for USA troops to leave neighbouring Iraq and the wider Middle East. "Those placing hopes in recent protests in Iran to shake-or even overturn-the system underestimate its power and ruthlessness".

Khamenei most recently delivered a Friday sermon in February 2012, calling Israel "cancer" and promising to support anyone who grappled with it. The soldiers injured during the Iranian attack were reported to have been hospitalized in Kuwait and Germany. As long as our government favors an economy run on oil, we will remain hostage to political unrest and war directed against the United States of America. "The impacts of those attacks are still evident in the bodies of our veterans", Ayatollah Khamenei said.

"While no USA servicemembers were killed in the January 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,"Capt Bill Urban, a spokesperson for United States Central Command, stated in a declaration". The current lull could evaporate.

"The Trump administration is also sending every signal it can that if the Iraqi government throws USA military forces out of Iraq, it will close the dollar window at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and put Baghdad under sanctions comparable to what Iran is under".

"One of the most concerning lines in Khamenei's Friday sermon was his insinuation that the United States wants to break up Iraq".

He pointed to the outpouring of grief after Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, was killed in a USA airstrike in Baghdad. The 80-year-old leader wept openly over the Soleimani funeral and vowed "hard retribution" against the United States. He also said Iran has "divine support for attacking the U.S".

He said Iran was ready to negotiate, but not with the United States. President Trump's January 14 speech to his supporters was equally uncompromising.

We have made a mess of the Middle East.

  • Sonia Alvarado