‘Slap in Face’ to US as Middle East won’t tolerate American presence, says Khamenei

Tehran, Jan 8: Referring to missile attacks on two US military bases in Iraq, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that this action is “just a slap in the face” of US and asserted that the region does not tolerate US presence.

In a televised address to the nation, Khamenei spoke in front of a packed hall in Iran. “A slap was delivered, but what is important is that the seditious presence of America in the region should be ended,” Khamenei said.

Khamenei praised killed General Qasem Soleimani, calling him “brave” adding, he “had no fear.”

Khamenei said that Soleimani’s death means “a revolution is alive.”

Khamenei said that Tehran’s attack on the US Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which was in retaliation to the January 3 killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani, was just “a slap”. Many in the audience were seen weeping and chanting angrily throughout his speech.

Khamenei said Iran was “quite equipped in the face of global bullying powers”.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched the heavy ballistic missile attacks on the Ain al-Asad base near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil.

Ain al-Asad has a 4 km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq.

Following the attack, the US army had blocked entrance into Ain al-Asad to everyone, including the Iraqi army

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