Speaker: Assassination of Gen. Soleimani Displays US State Terrorism
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said that US assassination of the top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is a clear example of organized state terrorism.
“As you know, the US government committed a heinous crime in assassination of Iran’s top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his fellow combatants in a civilian area at Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020 in an organized terrorist move,” Qalibaf said in a letter written to the UN Secretary General António Guterres and world parliament speakers on Monday.
Qalibaf reiterated that assassination of General Qassem Soleimani is in obvious violation of independence and national sovereignty of Iraq and also in violation of sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf
He made it clear that Martyr Soleimani, as Iran’s highest military adviser, played a very key role in the fight against terrorism in recent years along with the Armed Forces and government of Iraq.
“With regards to the international law, the visit of Iran’s senior military official to Iraq was aimed at helping restoration of peace and stability in the region and fight against terrorism and did not pose any threat to the US government,” the speaker stressed.
He emphasized that the UN chief and the speakers of parliaments in the world are expected to act responsibly, given their role in promoting global peace and stability and the fight against terrorism, especially state terrorism and to provide the legal framework to prevent repetition of such nefarious terrorist acts.
In relevant remarks in October last year, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said that the assassination of former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was a blatant instance of terrorism by the US government.
"The brutal and cowardly act was a clear example of state terrorism in gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law," Takht Ravanchi said while deploring the US terrorist act in assassinating anti-terror commander General Soleimani.
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.