0717 GMT January 20, 2022
Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks while addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday evening, saying, “We are victorious today and this is what the facts of the field say,” Press TV reported.
“Today, the swords of the Muslims to fight the enemies have been unsheathed, and [thus], there is no safe territory for the enemies,” Major General Salami added.
He noted that Iran’s missile strikes against U.S. military bases in Iraq in retaliation for the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, was a “slap on the face” of the U.S., which saw itself as the world emperor.
“Whose face was this slap delivered on?” he asked, rhetorically. “It was a stinging slap in the face of the United States, which considered itself the emperor of the world and did not stop making threats of tit-for-tat retaliations.”
Major General Salami further said that unlike the Americans, “we did not assassinate a defenseless and unarmed commander, who was fighting terrorism across the Muslim world and had traveled to Iraq at an official invitation, with a drone and in the dead of the night”.
The IRGC chief commander also stressed that Iran has yet to fully wreak its harsh revenge for the U.S. assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani.
“We have taken part of the harsh revenge (against the U.S.), and the other part still remains. Everybody is definitely aware of it. U.S. officials must bear in mind that it is impossible to take an act of aggression against a nation, and then evade the revenge,” he warned.
Lieutenant General Soleimani, Iran’s world-renowned counterterrorism commander, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were killed in a U.S. drone strike authorized by former president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that requires the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the U.S. in the country.
Both commanders were highly revered across the West Asia because of their key role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the U.S.-run Ain al-Asad in Iraq’s western province of Anbar by launching a volley of missiles in retaliation.
According to the Pentagon, more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base.
Iran has described the missile attack on Ain al-Assad as a “first slap”.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Major General Salami asserted that Iran’s enemies have been defeated.
“Depression and despair can now be seen on the faces of officials from our enemies since they cannot advance their policies,” he noted.
“If we had not resisted, they (enemies) would have taken away our identity, prestige, honor, security, and dignity. The United States, the Zionist regime, some European countries, and reactionary regimes in the region cannot stand the Iranian nation’s stability, splendor, and strength,” the IRGC chief added.