Iran Says It's Considering '13 Revenge Scenarios' Against U.S.


TEHRAN, Iran-A stampede erupted on Tuesday at a funeral procession for a top Iranian general killed in a US airstrike last week, killing 56 people and injuring 190 others, state television reported.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport and mechanical issues were suspected, the report said. Online videos showed people lying apparently lifeless, their faces covered by clothing.

"Unfortunately as a result of the stampede, some of our compatriots have been injured and some have been killed during the funeral processions", Koulivand said. It did not say when the burial would take place.

His words, "On behalf of all of Iran's people - 80 million Iranians - and each puts aside US$1, it would equal $80million".

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January 6, 2020.

In the wake of the killing, Iran has announced that it will no longer be bound by the 2015 nuclear agreement and vowed to retaliate against the USA, its allies and American interests.

US and European government sources said they believed Iran had deliberately sought to avoid USA military casualties in its missile strikes to prevent an escalation.

Despite its strident rhetoric, analysts say Iran will want to avoid any conventional conflict with the United States and is likely to focus on asymmetric strikes, such as sabotage or other military action via proxies.

According to Press TV, millions of mourners carried Soleimani's body from the city's Azadi Square to his final resting place in what is called the martyrs' cemetery.

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Hundreds of housands of people have poured on to the streets of Iran to mourn General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a United States drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, last week.

The comments by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg follow a suspension of the mission's activities over the weekend due to security concerns following the killing of an Iranian military commander in Iraq by the U.S.

According to a report by the BBC, Soleimani was hailed as a national hero in Iran and was widely considered as the second-most powerful man in the country closely following the Supreme leader Khamenei. USA officials have claimed the strike against the general was carried out to prevent an "imminent" attack in the region that would have put American lives at risk, but have so far declined to provide details about the intelligence.

Sidestepping questions about calls from Iraq for US and other foreign troops to leave the country, Stoltenberg says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will continue to speak with Iraqi authorities and stands ready to restart training efforts once the security situation improves.

Soleimani, the head of the Guards' Quds Force foreign operations arm, was killed on Friday in a U.S. strike near Baghdad worldwide airport, an operation that shocked Iran.

U.S. Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans said administration officials had not provided evidence in classified briefings to back up Trump's assertion that Soleimani had posed an "imminent" threat to the United States. "The Iranian response to this action, if any, is unknown, but there remains the possibility of Iranian action against USA maritime interests in the region", it said. Iran launched a ballistic missile attack just hours earlier on two Iraqi bases housing American troops. Tehran denied responsibility, although it did seize oil tankers around the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world's crude oil travels.

The United States also stood "ready to engage without preconditions in serious negotiations with Iran", to maintain peace and security, she said.

The bill was an amended version of a law adopted in April a year ago that declared the United States a "state sponsor of terrorism" and its forces in the region "terror groups".

Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq on Friday.