Iraqis Flock to Baghdad Square to Commemorate Anniversary of Anti-Terror Commanders Assassination
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tahrir Square in Baghdad is witnessing many people commemorating martyrdom anniversary of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis who were assassinated by the US near Baghdad airport last year. [+PHOTOS, VIDEO]
The first anniversary of the assassination of the anti-terror commanders and their companions prompted crowds of people to gather at Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Sunday, with mourners lighting candles, carrying portraits of Gen. Soleimani, al-Muhandis and their bodyguards and companions, and chanting anti-US slogans.
On Saturday night, Iraqis poured to the road to Baghdad International Airport, where the fatal drone strike took place, to pay tribute to the late commander and the deputy PMF head.
On the sidelines of the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani in Tehran on Friday, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said Iran is fully ready to take revenge from the assassins of Gen.Soleimani, stressing that the very thought of revenge has caused a constant nightmare for the Americans.
“We are ready to confront any US move against Iran in the region.” Salami stated, adding, “We are prepared to avenge the blood of the martyrs and liberate Muslims forever from the political, economic and cultural hegemony of the US.”
“We assure our people that we will take revenge from the perpetrators of the terror attack on Martyr Lieutenant General Soleimani and his companions very harshly,” he went on to say.
Gen. Soleimani and al-Muhandis were assassinated along with their companions in a US attack authorized by White House near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. Both commanders were admired by Muslim nations for eliminating the Washington-sponsored Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
The assassination has inflamed tensions between Washington and Tehran, and drew a harsh rebuke from Baghdad, prompting the Iraqi Parliament to pass a resolution ordering American forces to leave the country.
Ein Al-Assad, which houses US troops, found itself under fire from volleys of ballistic missiles launched from Iran on Jabuary 8, 2020, in retaliation for martyrdom of the former IRGC Qods Force commander.
According to the US Defense Department, at least 115 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base. The IRGC, however, announced Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has called the military operation "only a slap across the face" of the United States, stating that "military moves like this are not enough. The Americans' corruption-stirring presence should come to an end".
Tehran reiterates that its strategic objective is expelling the US troops from the region, naming it the true vengeance for the terror attack on its most popular commander.