(TMU) — An ominous red flag symbolizing an impending war was raised in Iran on Saturday, following the airstrike assassination of General Shahid Qassem Suleimani. Historians say that this is the first time the flag has ever been raised by the Iranian government, which signifies a new era of military tensions and weakened diplomacy between the United States and Iran.
According to the Sun, the words that were written on the flag could be translated to: “Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein.”
The flag was reportedly raised to the top of one of the largest and most famous mosques in Iran, Jamkarān Mosque, in the city of Qom.
The Sun also reported that high ranking Iranian officials promised attacks on U.S. targets in the Middle East, including warships that are stationed in the Persian Gulf.
On the same day that the flag was raised, Reuters reported that rockets were shot at a heavily fortified “green zone” in Baghdad, which is home to many government buildings, including a United States embassy.
Luckily, there were no casualties reported in the attack, and no one has claimed responsibility. U.S. officials suspect that Iran is behind the rocket attack, but there are many forces in the region that want the U.S. military and their allies to go home. As a result, the attack could have come from a number of different groups that are fighting for either power or independence in Iraq.
The United States has also stepped up its presence in the Middle East, sending an additional 3,000 troops to bases within striking distance of Iran. Following the initial attack, the United States, Canada, and other western nations urged citizens to cancel any travel plans to Iran, and warned those who are currently vacationing in the country to come home as soon as possible, which could be a signal that some type of further military action is expected.
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