News ID: 319399
Published: 0330 GMT January 14, 2022

IRGC chief: Avenging Lt. Gen. Soleimani’s assassination an aspiration, strategy

IRGC chief: Avenging Lt. Gen. Soleimani’s assassination an aspiration, strategy

Political Desk

Avenging U.S. assassination of Iran’s anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani is a strategy and aspiration, said the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

In an exclusive interview with, Major General Hossein Salami added the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, not only failed to have any adverse impact on his path, but also warmed up Muslims’ hearts to the extent that the entire Muslim world has a burning desire to rise against the occupation of the arrogant powers.

He noted that Lieutenant General Soleimani was among the world’s most skilled, experienced, capable and tested military commanders, the likes of which are hard to find even throughout the history.

Lieutenant General Soleimani had a significant presence in national, regional and international arenas, the IRGC chief commander said.

He had an attractive character and was capable of connecting with people swiftly, Major General Salami added.

Commenting on Lieutenant General Soleimani’s fruitful presence and anti-occupation achievements in regional states, such as Lebanon and Iraq, Major General Salami said the great commander managed to help Muslims, for instance the Palestinians, to muster the courage to stand in the face of the arrogant powers, such as Israel.

The U.S. had already been implementing its strategies in any regional states to which Lieutenant General Soleimani was sent to carry out missions, he noted, adding the indefatigable commander would doom all U.S. strategies to failure.

Major General Salami stressed that the present circumstances show that “Martyr Soleimani” is more dangerous to the enemy than “Lieutenant General Soleimani”, saying the commander’s martyrdom sparked a revolution in Muslims’ hearts, following which one Qassem turned into one million Qassems.

Everybody is currently speaking of the revenge for the act of terror, he noted, emphasizing that taking revenge for Lieutenant General Soleimani’s assassination has currently become a strategy, wish, aspiration and a point of movement.

Lieutenant General Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were assassinated in a U.S. drone strike, called as state terrorism by Iran, authorized by former U.S. president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020, according to Press TV.

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 Middle East because of their key roles in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the US-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-Asad as a “first slap.”




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