2021-February-28 16:08
2021-February-23  13:32

Ambassador Emphasizes Pursuit of Assassination of Resistance Commanders

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Envoy to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said the assassination of top commanders of the Resistance Front Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis must be seriously pursued till punishment of the perpetrators of this heinous crime.

“The assassination of martyrs of Resistance namely Iran’s former IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with their companions was a grave crime, so that all perpetrators of this heinous crime should be severely punished,” Masjedi said in a special ceremony of awarding the winners of the First Festival of Anti-Terror Commanders on Monday in Baghdad.

“Martyrs Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis are among our honors because they spent their lives in the way of peace, fighting terrorism and creating security for the Islamic world,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Masjedi said that Iran wants a powerful, strong, stable and united Iraq.

In relevant remarks in January, 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.

“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.”

Also in the ceremony, Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Esmayeel Qaani said that the criminal assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani might be retaliated inside the US.

Qaani said that the path of Resistance and the Quds Force will never change with the diabolical moves of the US, stressing that the criminals who assassinated General Soleimani might get their fitting response inside their houses.

Speaking at the ceremony on the occasion of the first anniversary of Martyr Soleimani in Tehran on Friday, he stressed that the American forces in Iraq are trembling from fear, adding that they have taken unprecedented security measures in the recent days due to the moves of the Iraqi combatants.

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, 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 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.