Soleimani Was ‘Cowardly Assassinated by Terrorist-in-Chief’, Iran’s Zarif Claims

Sunday marked the primary anniversary of the assassination of high Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike close to the Baghdad International Airport on direct orders from President Donald Trump.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has described the Middle East area commemorating the primary anniversary of General Qasem Soleimani’s killing as “a reminder” that Daesh* stays “the only beneficiary of his murder”.

‘Champion of Fight Against Terrorists’

The tweet got here because the Iranian international minister praised Soleimani in a televised interview, the place he particularly lauded the IRGC basic as an individual “who always worked in the field of peace and negotiation”.

As commander of the IRGC’s elite unit liable for extraterritorial operations, Soleimani was recognized to be concerned in an array of anti-terrorism operations throughout the Middle East. He briefly joined the US in its combat in opposition to the Taliban* in Afghanistan in 2001, and he additionally assisted the Syrian authorities in its combat in opposition to jihadists within the 2010s.

Separately, the highest Iranian diplomat revealed that Soleimani used to inform him “he was waiting for a bullet, and he thought he’d be shot on the battlefield”.

“He was a genius who had defeated them in Syria and Yemen”, the international minister concluded.

‘Craven Act of Terror’

The interview got here after the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed Soleimani’s assassination as a “craven act of terror”, pledging that the Islamic Republic will “not rest” till it brings the folks liable for the assassination to justice.

The Foreign Ministry additional careworn the drone strike that killed Soleimani is itself a blatant violation of worldwide regulation, in addition to the sovereignty of Iraq, the place the assault was carried out.

Iran has repeatedly signalled its readiness to do extra to avenge Soleimani’s killing, stressing that ballistic missile strikes on US bases in Iraq on 8 January 2020 had been simply the “first slap” of vengeance.

The strikes didn’t end in any deaths or critical accidents, however the Pentagon has since reported that a minimum of 109 US servicemen have been identified with traumatic mind accidents.

The developments escalated simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington which were in place since 8 May 2018, when President Trump introduced Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reinstated crippling financial sanctions in opposition to Tehran.

*Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State), Taliban, terrorist teams banned in Russia and numerous different international locations


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