Iran Guard leader threatens to ‘set ablaze’ US-backed places at top general’s funeral

Killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani Friday in Baghdad has drastically raised regional tensions and escalated a crisis between Washington and Tehran.

Iran Guard leader threatens to ‘set ablaze’ US-backed places at top general’s funeral
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Leader has threatened to “set ablaze” places supported by the United States over the killing of a top Iranian general, sparking cries of “Death to Israel!”

Hossein Salami made the comments Tuesday in the country’s southeatern city of Kerman in front of a casket bearing the remains of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as mourners in black waving Iranian flags marched through the streets.

Killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani Friday in Baghdad has drastically raised regional tensions and escalated a crisis between Washington and Tehran. Thousands of Iranians have gathered for Soleimani’s funeral in his hometown in southeastern Iran. US, Iran trade threats after fatal drone strike

U.S. officials believe the next steps by America’s longtime foe will determine the ultimate course of the latest crisis.

Iran has vowed to take revenge and already said it will no longer honor any of the limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, an accord President Donald Trump withdrew from in May 2018.

They’re noting heightened levels of military readiness in the country and preparing for a possible “tit-for-tat” attempt on the life of an American military commander. The U.S. is reinforcing its positions in the region, with officials saying they are braced for Iran to respond.