The editor of a state-run Iranian newspaper reportedly declared this weekend that the regime would target President Donald Trump for execution for life following the decision to conduct an airstrike removing terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani from the battlefield.
Soleimani, a major general in the Iranian military, was the head of the Quds Force, the external terrorism arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. Trump ordered an airstrike against Soleimani and the head of the terrorist Hezbollah Brigades, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad, Iraq, in January.
n the Sunday edition of the state-run Kayhan, an article contained the threat via the paper’s editor-in-chief, Hossein Shariatmadari. According to the Saudi al-Arabiya news network, Shariatmadari wrote that, “as ‘the killer of Soleimani,’ Trump will for the rest of his ‘dirty and disgraceful’ life be a target of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”
Al-Arabiya identified Shariatmadari as “a close associate of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his representative in Kayhan.”
Kayhan publishes an English-language edition, which at press time has not published an analogous death threat to Trump. Instead, an article in Saturday’s edition called Trump “Donald the Dotard” and condemned him for revealing that he had considered an attack on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
“The other day Donald Trump, the assassin of Iran’s iconic anti-terrorist general, Qassem Soleimani, bared his ugly undiplomatic face to the whole world by admitting that in late 2017 he had given instructions for the assassination of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, but his then Defense Secretary refused to endorse his murderous plan,” Kayhan asserted in an article attributed only to its international bureau staff.
The article applauded Assad, accused of perpetrating multiple chemical weapons attacks against civilians, for, “in contrast to the savagery of the uncouth Trump, [having] the civility to refrain from issuing any threats against his worthless life.”
Shariatmadari’s remarks regarding the IRGC targeting Trump echoed statements from the head of the IRGC, Major General Hossein Salami.
“Our promise to take revenge for the martyrdom of General Soleimani is decisive, serious and completely genuine,” Salami said on Saturday the state-run Tehran Times reported.
“Mr. Trump, do not doubt our revenge because it is completely decisive and serious,” he added.
Days after the drone strike in January, an Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to “whoever kills Trump.”
“You’ll taste this reality that Martyr Qasem Soleimani is more dangerous than Haj Qasem Soleimani,” Ahmad Hamzeh vowed.