The United States assassinated the anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani to compensate its regional defeats, but his blood will create new valorous persons like Soleimani, the Iranian Army said.
The Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in a statement that was issued on the occasion of the first anniversary of martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qassem Soliemani, said that the US committed the crime of terror attack against the anti-terror commander to cover up its regional defeats, reiterating that new generation of brave figures like Soleimani will rise up from the bloods that have been shed and that the American forces have no choice but to flee the region.
The statement added that the regional nations continue to hate the criminal US regime after decades of its presence.
It reiterated that Washington’s cowardly act of assassinating Iran’s top commander was indeed a move to compensate for part of its defeats in the region.
The statement also said that the criminal act will only accelerate the collapse of the US in the world, noting that the international terrorists have no choice but escape from the region.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred 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 military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, 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.
The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.
Meantime, Iran announced in late June that it had issued arrest warrants for 36 officials of the US and other countries who have been involved in the assassination of the martyred General Soleimani.
“36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol,” Alqasi Mehr said at the time.
He said that the prosecuted individuals are accused of murder and terrorist action, adding that US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down presidency after his term ends.