The Iranian Authorities have vowed to revenge the killing of the head of its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and the architect of its military and political power, Qassem Soleimani alongside others by troops of the United States of America.
The US killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has changed the rules of engagement between Iran and the US, Iranian analysts say.
Soleimani, who for two decades was the face of Iranian militarised foreign policy in the Middle East, was killed in a US air strike in the early morning hours of Friday.
The White House and the Pentagon confirmed the killing of Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump and was aimed at deterring future attacks allegedly being planned by Iran.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement carried by Iranian state television that “harsh revenge” awaited the “criminals” who killed Soleimani.
Iranian political analyst Mohammad Marandi told Al Jazeera that the US would regret the killings, which he described as an “act of war” against Iran and Iraq.
Marandi said the US has “changed the rules of engagement with Iran in killing such a high profile Iranian military and government official”. He said the killing has practically “united Iran and Iraq’s hands to attack the US soldiers and other westerners in Iraq”.