2021-October-23 03:16
2021-September-15  11:55

FM: Iran Seriously Pursuing General Soleimani's Assassination Case

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the foreign ministry is seriously pursuing assassination case of the martyred Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, by the terrorist army of the US.

Addressing the special committee for legal and international investigation into the assassination of General Soleimani and his entourage on Tuesday, Amir Abdollahian said that the foreign ministry will do its inherent responsibility to pursue General Soleimani's assassination case legally, politically and internationally.

He underlined the need to follow up the ongoing measures and to commemorate General Soleimani as a national and international hero of fighting terrorism, and pursue the role of the US administration and officials in committing an unforgivable crime.

Amir Abdollahian termed pursuing the case and bringing state terrorists to justice Foreign Ministry's policy.

During the meeting, held with participation of managers and representatives of relevant governmental and military bodies as well as Zeinab Soleimani, General Soleimani's daughter, participants presented their reports and discussed the latest developments.

Lieutenant General Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.

On January 8, 2020, 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.

It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since world war two.

The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that Ein Al-Assad missile attack was just the start of its revenge for the US assassination of its top General, and not the end of it. Tehran has declared expulsion of the US troops from the region as its ultimate goal.