The head of Iran’s judiciary menaced that those who killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani would “not be safe on Earth” as the anniversary of his death approaches.
Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi spoke at a Friday event in Tehran honoring Soleimani and said even President Trump, who ordered the Jan. 3 drone strike, was not “immune from justice,” according to the Times of Israel.
“They will witness severe revenge. What has come so far has only been glimpses” of it, Raisi said. “Do not presume that someone, as the president of America, who appeared as a murderer or ordered a murder, may be immune from justice being carried out. Never.”
“Those who had a role in this assassination and crime will not be safe on Earth,” he added.
Soleimani was killed in a Jan. 3, 2020, drone strike outside of Baghdad’s international airport. His death, and that of Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, raised tensions between the two countries to almost the point of all-out war. Iran responded to the targeted killings by firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing U.S. forces, causing brain injuries in several of the troops.
There are fears that Iran or its proxies in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq might attempt an attack of some sort to mark Sunday’s one-year anniversary of Soleimani’s death. This week, U.S. B-52 bombers flew off of Iran’s coast in a show-of-force ahead of the date, the third such time it has done so in the past 45 days.
After a rocket attack targeted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in December, Trump warned Iran and its Shiite proxies against future retaliation.
“Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday by several rockets,” he tweeted on Dec. 23. “Three rockets failed to launch. Guess where they were from: IRAN. Now we hear chatter of additional attacks against Americans in Iraq … Some friendly health advice to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over.”