“We witnessed what happened after martyrdom of Lieutenant Soleimani in the region, specially in Iraq, Iran and certain world states. All eyes are more fixed on the US destructive policies in the region and this can be used as an advantage to strengthen the resistance pivot,” Zarif told the Arabic-language al-Ahd on Monday.
He also reiterated the remarks by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei that martyrdom of General Soleimani reinvigorated the Palestinian people and the resistance front’s determination to stand against the US hostile and dangerous measures.
In relevant remarks on Sunday, Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) and former commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Mohsen Rezayee called the US assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani as a thoughtless move which has kicked off a global campaign against the US.
Martyrdom of General Soleimani triggered a global campaign against the arrogant powers, Rezayee said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Ahd news website.
He said not only the regional states but also many free nations in the world have now come to realize that the US deployment in the Middle-East is aimed at plundering and controlling the energy resources of the region.
Rezayee underlined that the global campaign against the US deployment will eventually lead to the expulsion of the American troops from the region.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.
The airstrike also martyred Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.
Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army’s central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.
The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of “Martyr Soleimani” reprisal operation.
Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.
It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since world war two.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.