1023 GMT June 25, 2022
Raeisi made the remarks in a meeting with the family of Lieutenant General Soleimani and members of a special headquarters set up to mark the second anniversary of his martyrdom, according to IRNA.
The president said that Lieutenant General Soleimani played a key role in saving Iraq and Syria and the other countries in the region from the danger of Takfiri terrorism.
General Soleimani managed to train very good forces out of Iraqis and Syrians to defend their countries and fight oppression, and in doing so, he created a huge capacity in the Islamic world, Iranian president said.
Raeisi said that the “school of General Soleimani” served as a messenger to all human societies.
General Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi Mahdi al-Muhandis, the two iconic figures in the fight against the Daesh terrorist group, were assassinated in a US airstrike outside the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Days after the brazen act, the IRGC launched a volley of missiles at a major military base housing American forces in Iraq.
Iranian officials have on several occasions vowed to avenge the assassination of the two top commanders.
Iran has denounced the assassinations as “state terrorism” and vowed to end the American presence in the region as the ultimate act of revenge, while urging neighboring Iraq to expel the US forces from the country.
A research revealed in October that a secretive UK intelligence base was likely involved in the US military’s drone strike that assassinated the top Iranian anti-terror commander, among its other controversial targeted killings.