Footage has emerged of pro-regime protesters in Iran burning American, Israel and British flags.
The demos following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in a US airstrike on Baghdad International Airport.
Soleimani was Iran’s point man on using terrorist organisations, including Hezbollah and Hamas, to sow chaos, death and destruction in the Middle East and beyond. Also killed was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of Kata’ib Hezbollah. Muhandis was a leading figure in the recent riots attacking the US Embassy in Baghdad.
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Despite the repeated anti-West rhetoric and threats by the Iranian regime, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and deputy, Emily Thornberry, were quick to condemn the United States. This is despite the US making it very clear that the decision to target Soleimani was to prevent an imminent attack on Americans.
“The US assassination of Qasem Soleimani is an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict with global significance,” Corbyn tweeted, “The UK government should urge restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the US.”
Responding to Corbyn’s tweet, Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of the British Armed Forces, slammed the Labour leader’s comment:
“You were paid by the same terrorist regime as paid Soleimani,” Kemp said, “The UK government needs to publicly support this US action and ensure it is ready to give maximum military & diplomatic support to the US as the situation unfolds.”
Former Labour MP, Ian Austin, said, “Never mind attacking the US Embassy, backing terrorists in Lebanon, Gaza & elsewhere, supporting Assad’s brutal war on Syrian civilians, seizing ships & kidnapping British citizens, the ‘belligerent actions and rhetoric’ come from the US. As usual, Corbyn sides with our enemies.”
Meanwhile, Labour’s deputy leader Emily Thornberry launched a scathing attack: “For two years, I’ve warned about Trump’s reckless lurch towards war with Iran. Last night’s attack takes us even closer to the brink. Those of us who marched against the Iraq War must be ready to march again, and ensure we are not dragged into this morass”
However, Israeli Prime Minister on Friday praised the United States:
“Trump is worthy of full appreciation for acting with determination, strongly and swiftly,” he told reporters before departing Greece to head back to Israel. “We stand fully by the United States in its just battle for security, peace and self-defense.”
The prime minister said “Israel has the right to defend itself. The US has the same right exactly. Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of innocent US citizens and many others. He was planning further attacks.”