Iran Quds Force chief defies US, says ready to die

AP News
Posted: Nov 26, 2011 4:03 AM
Iran Quds Force chief defies US, says ready to die

The chief of Iran's elite Quds Force says he doesn't fear U.S. threats of assassination and is ready for "martyrdom", warning Washington of serious consequences if it does not stop threatening the Islamic Republic.

The comments by Quds Force commander Brig. Gen. Ghassem Soleimani were published in several Iranian newspapers Saturday.

The force is a unit within the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Tensions have increased in recent weeks between Iran and the U.S., with several American neoconservatives urging the Obama administration to use covert action against Iran and kill some of its top officials, including Soleimani.

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