2021-March-7 20:33
2021-January-3  17:20

Iran Making Every Diplomatic Effort to Bring Gen. Soleimani’s Assassins to Justice

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Tehran will pursue diplomatic efforts to bring to justice all those responsible for the assassination of IRGC's anti-terror Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

“Following up the case of General Soleimani’s assassination is among the Foreign Ministry’s priorities,” Khatibzadeh made the remarks to Lebanon’s al-Ahd news website on Sunday, adding, “The diplomatic apparatus will keep up its efforts until it hands over those - who ordered, plotted, and perpetrated this atrocity - to justice.”

He made it clear that the Americans did a great foolish act to assassinate Iran’s anti-terror commander, noting that they are the main losers.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

The spokesman went on to say that the terrorist move has expedited the trend of US expulsion from the region and Washington’s dream of disintegrating the Resistance Front has totally failed to materialize.

“The United States thinks it can influence the public opinion by assassinating people, but the history has proven this policy to be futile,” Khatibzadeh said.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi said that there will be no security on planet earth for all those involved in the assassination of IRGC Chief anti-terror Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, adding that it is the Islamic Ummah which determines the time and place of the revenge.

Rayeesi made the remarks in his speech at the first anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani which was held in Tehran with the participation of a number of Iranian and foreign officials and commanders of the Axis of Resistance with health protocols in place.

Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi

“It should not be thought that if someone as the US president acts as a murderer, he will be safe and secure,” Rayeesi said adding that all those who had a role in this act of terror won’t be secure anywhere on earth.

He enumerated some of the characteristics of Martyr Soleimani as sincerity, insight, absolute obedience to the Supreme Leader, support for the oppressed and downtrodden in the world, as the mystery behind his success in the battlefield and his popularity among people.

Iran’s Judiciary Chief reiterated that the ISIL, under the auspices of the US, intended to introduce American Islam instead of the genuine Islam, but they failed because Martyr Soleimani and his companions in Quds Force created a huge capacity in the region which hampered the ISIL scheme.

“The Creators of ISIL and al-Qaeda thought that the Resistance current would be undermined by assassinating the hero of the fight against terrorism,” Rayeesi said, and added, “But they received the message that they could never do it.”

Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.

The airstrike also martyred 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 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, 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," Alqasi Mehr said at the time.

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.