In comments at a cultural ceremony in Kerman on Tuesday, General Baqeri paid tribute to General Soleimani for his bravery and wisdom in the battlefield and his prudence in the diplomatic arena, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He said the martyrdom of General Soleimani has resulted in the shakiness of the Americans and Zionists.
Reaffirming the Iranian military forces’ determination to follow the legacy of General Soleimani, the commander said Iranians will never back off from pursuing the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution.
General Soleimani, Iran’s anti-terror commander, was assassinated alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), in a US drone strike directly ordered by former president Donald Trump, near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Both commanders were highly popular because of the key roles they played in eliminating the Daesh terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
Five days later, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched a volley of ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s western province of Anbar and at another airbase in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region. Over 100 American troops in Ain al-Asad were later diagnosed with “traumatic brain injuries.”
Iran has called Soleimani’s assassination state terrorism and vowed to put an end to the US military’s presence in the region as its ultimate revenge, while urging neighboring Iraq to expel US forces from the Arab country’s soil. The Islamic Republic has also pledged to bring all the perpetrators, first and foremost Trump, to justice.
In recent days, people in Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere have been attending events marking the second anniversary of the two commanders’ martyrdom.