The Iranian opposition in the US gathered in front of the White House on January 5th to celebrate the killing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Forces commander Qasem Soleimani.
The protesters gathered in front of the White House to show support for President Donald Trump’s “response to the Quds Force increasing attacks.”
They danced, sang, and exchanged traditional sweets, expressing their delight for ending the era of a “war criminal” who caused massive chaos in the Middle East, according to what they said.
Demonstrators denounced Soleimani, describing him as the “executioner of the terrorist regime,” calling him “a war criminal” who is responsible for the massacres of hundreds of thousands of Iranians, Syrians, and Iraqis, including thousands of innocent children.
A US airstrike killed Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3rd after pro-Iran protesters sieged the US embassy in Baghdad on December 31st, as the Pentagon said Soleimani was developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members.
The move pushed Iran to vow taking revenge for its killed general, threatening that it has specified 35 American sites to hit.
In response, Trump tweeted that the US sent 52 Iranian sites to strike if Iran attacks American personnel or assets.
According to the US president, the 52 sites represent the exact number of American diplomat hostages held in Tehran in 1979, who were seized when Iranian revolutionary students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini attacked the US embassy square, entered the building, confiscated most of the documents, and took 52 diplomats and civilians hostage.