Commander: Iran Definitely to Take Revenge from US for Martyr Soleimani
TEHRAN (FNA)- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh said taking revenge from the United States for its nefarious assassination of the former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani will surely take place, and meantime, stressed the need to heed the conspiracies hatched by the US against the Islamic Ummah.
“Taking revenge from the US for Martyr Soleimani will certainly happen,” Hajizadeh said on Monday in his meeting with the visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad Saadoun and his accompanying delegation, and underlined the need to pay attention to the schemes and strategies of the wicked enemies of the Islamic Ummah especially the US.
The Iraqi military delegation visited the latest achievements and strategic capabilities of the IRGC Aerospace Force at the National Technology Park of the Force.
“These achievements, which have been obtained in the fields of drones, missiles, defense, flight, radar, and space, are the outcome of the strenuous efforts of bright youth and elites of the country,” Hajizadeh emphasized.
He pointed to the significance of expanding defense cooperation and exchange of experiences between Iran and Iraq, describing IRGC's training, operational and advisory cooperation with the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIL and Takfiri terrorism as ‘decisive and fateful’.
“The Iranian and Iraqi nations will never forget that the terrorist US martyred Qassem Soleimani who was your guest,” Hajizadeh noted, adding, “We should not forget that it was the US which martyred the Iraqi hero Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.”
Qassem Soleimani (L) and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (R)
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has been a friend of the Iraqi people during difficult times and always thinks on the unity and integration of this neighboring country,” the IRGC Aerospace Commander reiterated.
Juma Anad Sadoun, for his part, said, “Iraq will never forget brotherly and friendly support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Iraq in the fight against ISIL terrorist group.”
“With the development of bilateral cooperation in related fields, we hope that peace and security will be strengthened in Iraq,” he added.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami emphasized that Iran will take revenge from the killers of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, stressing that martyr Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis played the main role in obliteration of ISIL.
Salami made the remarks during a meeting with the visiting Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad Saadoun on Sunday, adding that Iran will definitely take revenge for General Soleimani’s blood from murderers on the battlefield.
“Taking revenge has nothing to do with the legal pursuit of the assassination,” he said, adding, “We are sure that the children of the great Iraq will also take revenge for Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis' blood."
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami
"General Soleimani started defeating ISIL from Iraq. Americans could not tolerate his brilliance and decided to kill him," the commander noted.
“Iran wanted to see independent, integrated, great and secure Iraq,” Salami said and added, “That’s why we sent our most prudent and wisest commander to Iraq in the era of ISIL’s maximum presence.”
Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.
Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.
"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol," Prosecutor-General of Tehran Ali Alqasi Mehr said.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.