Martyrdom of Iranian, Iraqi Anti-Terror Commanders New Blood in Resistance Front’s Vessels
TEHRAN (FNA)- Daughter of Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis said that martyrdom of her father and former IRGC Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani blew new life to the veins of the resistance front.
“The close relationship between the two martyrs dates back to late 1990s when martyr Abu Mahdi became the commander of Badr Organization in Iraq and martyr Soleimani was the commander of IRGC Qods Force,” Manar Al-e Ebrahim, the daughter of martyr Jamal Al-e Ebrahim, nom de guerre Abu Muhandis, said on Sunday.
“I know that they saw each other as brothers,” she added.
Manar said that in late 2002, a few months before the US started military aggression against Iraq, martyr Abu Mahdi resigned from leadership of Badr Organization and membership in the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq because he did not want to be a part of negotiations with the Americans.
“Martyr Abu Mahdi played an important role on Iraq’s political scene and his martyrdom by the US severely angered the resistance forces in the region,” Manar said.
“After the start of the ISIL attacks and the occupation of nearly a third of Iraq's territories, martyr Abu Mahdi wrote a letter to the jihadi forces resisting against the US, inviting them to join the resistance front,” she added.
“Abu Mahdi believed that the US had no intention of ending the ISIL presence and only wanted to manage what it called a civil war. For this reason, martyr Abu Mahdi refused to deploy Hashd al-Shaabi forces in any of the operational zones where the American planes were present,” Manar said.
General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis played influential roles in the battle of Iraqi and Syrian nations against the world’s most notorious Takfiri terror groups, the ISIL and al-Qaeda.
Lieutenant General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020, upon an order by Trump.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8, 2020, 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 Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.
Last month, Iran’s Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli said that Tehran has asked Interpol to issue a red notice for all perpetrators and masterminds of the assassination of General Soleimani.
“Iran has asked the Interpol for the apprehension of the US president and 47 others in connection with the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, last year,” Esmayeeli announced.
He added that Iran has identified 48 people in connection with the targeted terror attack and that includes US President Donald Trump, Pentagon officials and terrorist American forces in the region.
Earlier this month, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hossein called for Baghdad’s further efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators and masterminds of the terror attack on General Soleimani.
“We should not allow the blood of martyrs Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani to be trampled upon, and the perpetrators of this terrorist crime should be prosecuted and severely punished,” Shamkhani said in the meeting in Tehran.