“A slap was delivered last night, but what is important is that the seditious presence of America in the region should be ended,” Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday, addressing a gathering in Tehran of thousands of people from the holy city of Qom.
The Leader said Iran is quite equipped in the face of global bullying powers.
The Leader also hailed the Iraqi parliament’s decision ordering US troops to leave the country as well as the Iranian parliament's blacklisting of American forces as terrorists.
“The Americans want Iraq to be like the former idolatrous regime in Iran or Saudi Arabia today - a region full of oil to be under their control so they can do whatever they want - a milking cow in the words of that individual,” he said in reference to US President Donald Trump.
“But the faithful elements and the Iraqi youth and their Marja'iya (religious authorities) stood up to these scenarios, and Haj Qassem assisted this vast front as an active adviser and an honorable supporter.”
The US, the Leader said, has similar plans for Lebanon. “The Americans are willing to clear Lebanon of the most important factor of independence which is the resistance so that it cannot resist.”
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Anbar province in western Iraq early on Wednesday.
“Tens of surface-to-surface missiles” were fired at the strategic airbase and the attack was later confirmed by the US officials.
The IRGC has called for a complete withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, asserting that it would not differentiate between the US and Israel in retaliating against the assassination of the Iranian national hero.
General Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha'abi (PMU), and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of Friday.
The White House and the Pentagon claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of Trump.