Iran has been at war with the United States for over 40 years.
In recent weeks, Iran stepped up their provocations against the United States.
And now Iran hit Donald Trump with a threat that instantly blew up in their faces.
Iranian backed militias killed a United States contractor and then stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after U.S. Military strikes killed 24 militants in response.
Donald Trump was not about to have another Benghazi on his hands and sent a message to Iran that the United States would not accept threats to American lives.
The President ordered a drone strike that killed the top Iranian general in the Middle East Qassem Soleimani –the commander of the elite Iranian Qud Forces who ordered the attack on the U.S. Embassy.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded by threatening “harsh retaliation” in response.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S. after the airstrike, calling Soleimani the “international face of resistance.” Khamenei declared three days of public mourning for the general’s death.
In a letter to the Iranian nation, Khamenei wrote: “The great revenge awaits the criminals whose filthy hands are dirtied with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs in last night’s incident. The Martyr Soleimani was a persona who fought in the global arena, and all those who support the struggle demand to avenge his blood.” He then expanded on his theme of bloody revenge:
All of the friends, and obviously enemies, must know that the activities in the jihad will continue doubled and redoubled, and that the final victory will belong to the mujahideen who followed this blessed path. The loss of our dear leader, whose life was sacrificed (in jihad) is bitter for us, but the continuation of the fight and the true and final success will be extremely bitter for the murderers and criminals.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani added his voice, saying: “Soleimani’s martyr’s death will make Iran more determined.
Iran will huff and puff about revenge.
But the regime is facing massive internal protests over economic sanctions that crippled the nation’s economy.
Protesters are tired of the Iranian government spending money on terrorism abroad instead of on the population at home.
That combined with Donald Trump’s willingness to confront Iranian aggression with force could deter Iran from doing something foolish.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.