1234 GMT May 21, 2022
Speaking in the city of Kerman on Tuesday, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said the criminal US regime exposed its true face before the world by its “brazen” assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
“The US is the world’s biggest terrorist-nurturing country and the looter of the property of the people and the oppressed,” Shekarchi said, according to Press TV. “No insecurity happens in the world unless the United States is involved.”
On January 3, 2020, the US military conducted an air operation under former president Donald Trump’s order, targeting Lt. Gen. Soleimani near Baghdad International Airport after his arrival. The attack also killed the general’s companions, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
Both commanders were highly popular because of the key roles they played in eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
Iran called Soleimani’s assassination “state terrorism” and vowed to put an end to the US military’s presence in the region as the ultimate act of revenge.
In retaliation, 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 another airbase in Erbil on January 8, 2020, as a result of which 110 US troops were diagnosed with “traumatic brain injuries”.
In announcing the missile strikes, The IRGC warned the “Great Satan” that repeating such mischievous acts would lead to “a more painful and more decisive response.” It also advised the American people to demand the withdrawal of their country’s forces from the region in order to save their lives.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Shekarchi said General Soleimani was kind and compassionate toward the people while being firm, brave, and invincible in the face of the enemy.
He also noted that the martyred commander stood up against the Daesh terrorist group and destroyed the “predatory animal”.
“Who armed and supported this predatory animal?” he asked, hinting at the US government. “We should be careful not to confuse the martyr with the executioner.”
He also asserted that the enemy suffered more from the martyrdom of General Soleimani compared to when he was leading the Resistance Front, pointing to the increasing public pressure to expel American forces from the region.