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Iranian commander vows "harsher revenge" against U.S.

A member of Iran's joint chiefs of staff vowed on Thursday there would be "harsher revenge" taken against the United States according to cbsnews.com. Abdollah Araghi said Iran's Revolutionary Guard "will impose a harsher revenge on the enemy in the near future," according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

The general chosen to replace Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike last week, also said Thursday he would follow the same path as his predecessor.

The messages show that the U.S. can't afford to let its guard down. They also highlight continued deep divisions inside Iranian society, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports. Iran's political leaders said Wednesday the Islamic Republic had "concluded" its response to America's killing of Soleimani.

Iran’s Islamist government fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles earlier this week targeting at least two Iraqi air bases in Ain al-Asad and Irbil that were “hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel,” according to the Pentagon.

In claiming responsibility for the missile strike, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warned the U.S. and its allies not to counterattack, vowing even more escalation in the future.