Following the attack that claimed the lives of seven Iranians in Syria, Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani arrived in Damascus and issued a direct threat to Israel. According to Soleimani, Iran is prepared “to break the rules of the game” by targeting Israel and the US directly.
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Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani directly threatened Israel on Tuesday while in Damascus, Hadashot news reported, citing the Lebanese Ad-Diyar newspaper. Last week, seven Iranians were killed in an airstrike that has been attributed to Israel. “Israel is going to pay the price,” he warned from Syria’s capital.
The news report states that Soleimani met with Iranian and Syrian officers who briefed him on the recent airstrike. He also met with Hezbollah members and discussed the threats made by Israel and Washington.
Ad-Diyar stressed that the rare visit by the top Iranian commander was designed to send a clear message to the United States and Israel: if the acts of aggression continue, there will be consequences. Soleimani reportedly said that Iran is prepared “to break the rules of the game” following the attack on the T-4 airbase. According to Soleimani, a counterattack could include targeting Tel Aviv or American bases in the region.