“US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie, Pentagon officials, and commanders in several US bases across the region are among individuals targeted by the sanctions.”
The Iranian regime has imposed sanctions on 51 Americans, including senior U.S. generals, over the drone strike that killed its top terror operative, Qassem Soleimani, almost two years ago, the news agency Reuters reported Saturday.
Soleimani headed the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s (IRGC) overseas terrorist arms, Al Quds Force. He was killed in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.
“US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie, Pentagon officials, and commanders in several US bases across the region are among individuals targeted by the sanctions,” the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera reported.
Former U.S. President Trump, who ordered the 2020 counter-terrorism strike, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and several members of his administration are already on Iran’s sanction list. Last January, Iran urged the international police organization, Interpol, to issue arrest warrants against the former U.S. president, his senior White House staffers, and Pentagon officials.
Soleimani, who was responsible for the killing of hundreds of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, was planning imminent attacks on American diplomats and troops when President Trump ordered the drone strike, the U.S. Defense Department confirmed.
The Reuters reported the latest Iranian measure that marks Soleimani second death anniversary :
Iran on Saturday imposed sanctions on dozens more Americans, many of them from the U.S. military, over the 2020 killing of General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the 51 Americans had been targeted for what it called “terrorism” and human rights violations. The step lets Iranian authorities seize any assets they hold in Iran, but the apparent absence of such assets means it will likely be symbolic.
The ministry said in a statement carried by local media that the 51 had been targeted for “their role in the terrorist crime by the United States against the martyred General Qassem Soleimani and his companions and the promotion of terrorism and violations of fundamental human rights”. (…)
Those added to Iran’s sanctions list included U.S. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien.
In a similar move announced a year ago, Iran imposed sanctions on Trump and several senior U.S. officials over what it called “terrorist and anti-human rights” acts.
The move comes days after Iran sought prosecution of 127 individuals from nine different countries over Soleimani’s killing. Tehran is not satisfied with sanctions and arrest warrants for the killing of its leading terrorist mastermind. Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi threatened the U.S. with ‘revenge’ if President Trump and members of his administration are not put on trial in accordance with the Islamic Law. “If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Raisi declared.
Iran-sponsored terrorist groups marked Soleimani’s death anniversary by staging attacks on U.S. troops stationed in the Middle East. “Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq’s western Anbar province and the capital of Baghdad were hit by Katyusha rockets Wednesday while in Syria, eight rounds of indirect fire landed inside a base with members of the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi and U.S. militaries said,” the Associated Press reported this week. The attacks were “part of a series that began on Monday, the anniversary of a U.S. airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani in Baghdad two years ago,” the news agency confirmed.
Iran and its proxy Islamist militias also held anti-American demonstrations to mark the anniversary, during which protestors chanted ‘Death to American’ and trampled on U.S. and Israeli flags, the media reports from the region said.
Undeterred by the Iran-sponsored anti-American demonstrations and terror attacks on U.S. troops, the Biden administration continues to appease the Iranian regime in the hope of restoring the Obama-Kerry nuclear deal. Iran has responded to President Joe Biden’s diplomatic overtures by displaying its nuclear-capable ballistic missiles and pushing ahead with the production of near-weapons grade uranium.
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