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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Jan 3

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday, January 3, 2022:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Exit in humiliation first payback for U.S. assassination: IRGC

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Sunday a humiliating withdrawal from the region is the first price that the U.S. will have to pay for its assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
IRGC spokesman Ramezan Sharif said Sunday the United States must leave other regional countries following its ignominious pullout from Afghanistan.

-- Soleimani-the-idea will never die

Among the mourners who attended the funeral of Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, I saw many odd presences. There were political figures who had earned a reputation for their generally critical voices. There were migrant families, most likely undocumented. There were boys with hip-hop T-shirts. There were girls who didn’t conform to proper Islamic dress code. There were southerners who had traveled over a thousand kilometers in order not to miss a last farewell. There were senior citizens on wheelchairs for whom the whole ceremony, in its hectic rhythm, could be overwhelming, as well as infants who wondered what was happening.

-- Palestinian Ministry: Israel approved 12,000 settler units in Al-Quds in 2021

Israel approved plans for the construction of thousands of settler units and demolished dozens of Palestinian-owned buildings in occupied Al-Quds last year, the Palestinian Authority said Sunday.
The Palestinian Ministry of Affairs said in a report that Israeli authorities green-lighted a host of plans in order to build about 12,000 units in the holy city throughout 2021, while they razed 177 Palestinian residences there. They also ordered the demolition of another 200 homes in occupied city.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- It’s Payback Time for U.S.

Thousands of Iraqis on Sunday clogged an access road near the Baghdad airport where Iran’s legendary anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a U.S. drone stroke in January 2020.

- Europe Records Over 100 Million COVID Cases

More than 3,600 flights were cancelled around the world on Sunday, more than half of them U.S. flights, adding to the toll of holiday week travel disruptions due to adverse weather and the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant.

-- 100,000 Brits Sign Petition Against Blair Knighthood

The most senior clergyman in the British Army has revealed that mental scars from the Iraq War left him in “the valley of the shadow of death, a place of utter desolation” for years after returning from the war zone.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Marching Through the Morning

This year’s January 3 marks the second martyrdom anniversary of General Qassem Soleimani, the legendary commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force whose assassination by the Trump administration helped mobilize grassroots movements against U.S. military presence in the West Asia region.

-- Iran to add 10GW to renewable energy capacity

Iranian Energy Ministry and some of the country’s private contractors signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) on Sunday for cooperation in the construction of renewable power plants to generate 10,000 megawatts (10 gigawatts) of electricity across the country.

-- They called him the ‘shadow commander’

Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was described as a very humble, polite and pious individual. He was admired in Iran and beyond. As more images slowly emerged from the battlefields in Iraq and Syria where he spent the latter years of his life as a military advisor in the fight against terror, the most striking thing was that he wore no body armor.

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