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Apr 01, 2024
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Iranian Political Analyst Mohammad Taghi Aghayan: We Always Threaten To Retaliate With 'Harsh Vengeance' For the Assassination Of Our Military Officials, But It Never Happens

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Source: IRIB Ofogh TV (Iran)

Iranian political analyst Mohammad Taghi Aghayan criticized the regime in an April 1, 2024 show on Ofogh TV (Iran) for failing to retaliate for the assassination of Iranian officials. He spoke following an attack on senior Iranian military officials in the Iranian embassy in Damascus, attributed to Israel. Aghayan stated that Iran promised a "harsh revenge" following the killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani, Sayyed Razi Mousavi, Hamas military leader Saleh Al-Arouri, and PMU leaders, however, this never materialized beyond an attack on the Ayn Al-Asad Airbase and Erbil. He suggested that Iran strikes Israeli territory directly without using its proxies, in response to its attack on the Iranian embassy in Damascus. Aghayan said that Iran should use the ballistic and hypersonic missiles that Iran has unveiled and tested.

Mohammad Taghi Aghayan: "When they killed Soleimani, we said that there would be a harsh revenge. Some time after that, they killed Seyyed Razi [Mousavi], and we still said that there would be a harsh revenge. Then they killed Al-Arouri, PMU and Hizballah officials – and again we said that there would be a harsh revenge, and asked people to be patient, because we would strike back where it is least expected. We don't know when and where this unexpected retaliation will take place. Indeed, we have carried out several strikes, like at the Ayn Al-Asad Airbase and Erbil, but we need to ask our regime whether these strikes are enough.


"We did not hit them, but they hit us. They have become more insolent by the day. How long will this appeasement continue? Tonight, they attacked our territory, at the embassy in [Damascus]. Are we supposed to attack the Ayn Al-Asad Airbase and Erbil again?


"Don't we have missiles? Even hypersonic ones? Obviously, we do, since they have been tested and unveiled. Don't we have ballistic [missiles] and a thousand other things? So what is the reason that we do not strike [back]: What is the point?


"We are facing a cowardly enemy that is true to his word. It is a coward, but it remains true to its word, like a real man. When it says it will attack, it attacks – with utmost cowardice.


"In my opinion, it is not good at all to retaliate using our proxies again, because it will diminish our hegemony in the region. It will also diminish our deterrence.

"The ideal would be a direct retaliation by the Islamic Republic against the Zionist regime, within the territory of occupied Palestine."

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