News ID: 279022
Published: 0703 GMT January 03, 2021

FM Zarif: Cowardly assassination of General Soleimani only served Daesh

FM Zarif: Cowardly assassination of General Soleimani only served Daesh

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on the first anniversary of martyrdom of the anti-terror hero Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani said his assassination has only benefited Daesh terrorists.

"A year ago today, Enemy #1 of extremist terrorists was cowardly assassinated by the terrorist-in-chief,” Zarif tweeted on Sunday evening.

He added, "As our region solemnly commemorates his one year passing, a reminder that the only beneficiary of his murder is Daesh (ISIS), which has only increased its activity since."

General Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), was assassinated on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike in Baghdad upon a direct order by US President Donald Trump.

His Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi anti-terror force, along with several others were also killed when their convoy was hit.

The anniversary of the assassination in Baghdad – which brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war in early 2020 – was marked in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other parts of the world.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis converged on a landmark square in central Baghdad on Sunday, chanting "Revenge" against American “occupiers”, to commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Iran's revered anti-terror commander and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

Iranians also held various ceremonies across the county to pay tribute to General Soleimani.

One year after the General Soleimani assassination, Iranians are still angry with the US.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday the Iranian people and other peoples in the region will never forget the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani and will avenge it in due time.



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