Friday Prayer ceremony in Tehran, Friday, January 7, 2022

Friday Prayer ceremony in Tehran, Friday, January 7, 2022

Iran’s Friday Prayer Imams Vow Revenge, Urge US To Leave Region

1/7/2022

Many Friday Prayer Imams in Iran have talked about revenge for the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani in their weekly sermons and urged American forces to leave the region.

Tehran’s interim leader of the weekly Friday congregation, Kazem Seddiqi, said the United States had thought that killing Soleimani would weaken the ‘resistance front’ but it proved to be the opposite.

He said that Soleimani created a united front for the resistance forces in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Afghanistan that provided new ways for the resistance forces.

Seddiqi praised recent attacks on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base as revenge for the killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces in January 2020.

Such remarks against the presence of American troops in the region were echoed by many other Friday Imams, which usually serve as a platform to promulgate the official policies and views of supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The ongoing Vienna nuclear talks and restriction on the Internet were apparently among the other directives on agenda for today’s Friday prayers.

During numerous ceremonies and publications to mark the second anniversary of Soleimani’s killing in a US drone strike, the Islamic Republic tried to claim ultimate victory by saying that the US is leaving the region, by emphasizing the American departure from Afghanistan.

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