Iran sentences 73 U.S. officials, demands $9-B for killing of Iranian general

Iran sentences 73 U.S. officials, demands $9-B for killing of Iranian general

IRAN’S Judiciary Chief Ali Alghasi-Mehr said it has sentenced the U.S. government and officials to pay a total of $9 billion over the targeted killing of Qassem Soleimani and sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The judiciary chief added they have identified 97 suspects and sentenced 73 in the killing of the prominent Iranian general.

Among them were former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Soleimani, who held a prominent role in Iran’s military and intelligence operations abroad, was killed in a drone strike on January 3, 2020, allegedly ordered by Trump.

Two bomb attacks launched during a ceremony to mark his assassination killed nearly 100 people and injured hundreds more in January 2024.

American officials argued the Iranian general was actively planning attacks against American diplomats and military personnel in Iraq and the region.

Iran-backed groups volunteer to join Hezbollah in war against Israel

Meanwhile, thousands of Iran-backed fighters in the region in the Middle East volunteered to join Hezbollah in its war against Israel.

The Lebanon-based militant group has exchanged cross-border fires with Israeli forces almost every day since Hamas launched the attack in Gaza on the 7th of October.

Tensions worsened after an Israeli airstrike killed a senior Hezbollah military commander in southern Lebanon earlier this month.

Israeli officials have threatened a military offensive in Lebanon if Hezbollah does not stop its cross-border fire activities.

On the other hand, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel to be ready for surprise attacks, adding that “no place” in Israel would be safe in case of a full-blown war against the Lebanese group.

Hezbollah, which already boasts more than 100,000 fighters, previously said that militant leaders from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and other countries offered to send thousands of fighters to help the group.


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