Khamenei: We must end the 'corrupting presence' of America in the region

The Iranian leader's comments came after the IRGC launched a rocket attack Tuesday night on two US Army bases in Iraq; Iran claimed it was revenge for the US assassination of its Quds Force leader.

Basij forces meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Nov. 27, 2019 (photo credit: KHAMENEI.IR)
Basij forces meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Nov. 27, 2019
(photo credit: KHAMENEI.IR)
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke Wednesday morning following the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi military bases where US forces are located.
The attack comes in response to the assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.
Khamenei said the attack on the bases was successful, and that "Iran is a peaceful country that does not seek escalation with any other nation. We are prepared to deal with the bullies of the world."

The IRGC launched a rocket attack Tuesday night on two US Army bases in Iraq, including the Air Force's Ain Al-Assad military base. Iran has claimed that the attack was revenge for the US assassination of Soleimani, who was assassinated five days ago at Baghdad airport.
Iranian television said 15 missiles were launched in the attack, killing about 80 "American terrorists" and wounding 200 others. In addition, US Army helicopters and other equipment were severely damaged.
However, the US rejected the claim that there were any casualties to report of.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, government officials said the troops had tracked the missiles through radar systems fired into Iraq in real time, allowing military personnel to find shelter before suffering injury.
In addition, Khamenei added that the United States should withdraw from the region and that Tehran's missile attacks on US targets in Iraq were "a slap in the face" for America.
"Military action like this is not sufficient," Khamenei said. "What is important is ending the corrupting presence of America in the region."
He ruled out any resumption of talks with Washington about the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Iranian leader also said that America was trying to remove Lebanon's Iranian-aligned movement Hezbollah in its bid to help Israel.
 
Translated by Zachary Keyser.