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"Death to Israel, Death to America", Iranians Make Cryptic Chants, US Warns Iran

"Death to Israel, Death to America", Iranians Make Cryptic Chants, US Warns Iran
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Iran has vowed to seek retribution for the loss of its commanders killed in an Israeli airstrike. The funeral, which took place in Tehran, was not just a time to mourn but also a platform for Iran's leaders to send a clear message of defiance.

The airstrike, which reportedly targeted Iran's consulate in Damascus, claimed the lives of several officials, including two senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The incident has escalated tensions in the region, with Iran accusing Israel of a deliberate attack on its sovereign territory.

As thousands gathered to pay their respects, the air was heavy with chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America," echoing the sentiment of the Iranian government and the IRGC. The funeral procession moved through the streets of Tehran, with many high-ranking officials in attendance.

Major General Hossein Salami, the commander-in-chief of the IRGC, addressed the crowd with a fiery speech, promising that "no threat will go unanswered." He assured the public that Iran's response would be calculated and decisive. The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also made an appearance, meeting with the families of the deceased and expressing his condolences.

The funeral coincided with Al-Quds Day, a day Iran observes in solidarity with Palestine, which added to the charged atmosphere. The convergence of these events highlighted the complex geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and the fragile balance that exists.

Iran's promise of revenge has raised concerns internationally, with many fearing an escalation that could lead to wider conflict.

US Cautions Iran Against Retaliatory Actions Post-Damascus Strike

The United States has issued a stern warning to Iran. A State Department spokesperson conveyed that any attempt by Iran to use the strike as a pretext for attacking US personnel and facilities would be unacceptable.

The airstrike, which resulted in the death of top Iranian commanders, has significantly heightened tensions in the region. The US has been clear in its communication to Iran, emphasizing that the strike should not be used as a justification for escalation or retaliation.

The US's message was a direct response to a communication from Iran, details of which have not been disclosed. However, the spokesperson clarified that the US did not 'ask' but 'warned' Iran against such actions¹. This exchange comes at a time when the US is reportedly on high alert, actively preparing for what is perceived as a potential imminent attack by Iran on either Israeli or American assets.

At the United Nations, the US reiterated its position, with the deputy ambassador stating that the US will defend its personnel and warned Iran and its proxies against taking advantage of the situation. The US has maintained that it had no involvement or advanced knowledge of the airstrike.