Iran Remembers Gen Soleimani; Vows to Punish His Assassins

Iranians take part in an anti-US rally to protest the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by a US airstrike in Baghdad, at Palestine Square in the capital Tehran, on 4 January 2020. — Anadolu Agency

On January 3, 2020, Soleimani was killed near the Baghdad International Airport in an American airstrike

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TEHRAN — Iran has said that it will not rest until the assassins of General Qasem Soleimani are brought to justice. According to local media reports, the government in Tehran made this pledge on the eve of the first anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani.

Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was regarded as a national hero.

On January 3, 2020, Soleimani, along with an Iraqi militia commander, was killed near the Baghdad International Airport in an American airstrike.

“The US violated international law and the UN Charter in clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday.

“Iran will not give up until the authorities bring this action to justice,” it added.

Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani, the incumbent Commander of the Quds Force, on Friday described Soleimani as a “hero of the Islamic nations” who defeated the hegemonic powers through his resistance, according to official IRNA news agency.

Qa’ani said that the Quds Force will support any act seeking to punish the culprits of the assassination of Soleimani. He further said that “the US has failed to influence the objectives of the resistance front” by assassinating Soleimani.

Press TV quoted Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi as saying that “the perpetrators of the assassination won’t be safe anywhere in the world.”

Dr. Ali Chegeni, Iran’s ambassador in New Delhi, said in an article that Soleimani was respected both by friends and foes as a major military tactician.

“For many people worldwide, General Qasem Soleimani was an anti-terror hero, who played a key role in defeating Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. However, US President Donald Trump ordered his assassination in an airstrike during his official visit to Baghdad and while being received by the Iraqi authorities at the International Baghdad Airport,” wrote Dr Ali Chegeni.

However, the late Iran General was considered a deeply controversial and divisive figure in the region for his critical role in Syria in putting down the popular uprising against the Baathist regime of President Bashar Asad. The Syrian conflict has claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.


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