“The first slap [to avenge Martyr Soleimani] was the unprecedented funeral ceremony for Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and the second slap was the airstrike on the American base in Iraq,” Qaani said adding, “And the third one will be the dominance in the field of software over the hollow awe of the Arrogance.”
He went on to say that the US warmongering policies in the region have all failed.
“Having been defeated, the Americans gathered the nasty elements who were called as Takfiri and, using the money of some of the regional countries, like the Saudi regime, and with collaboration of criminals like the Zionist regime, forged terrorist groups and sow insecurity in the region,” the commander noted, stressing, “This path should be continued by brave youths with the guidelines of the Supreme Leader.”
He emphasized that the US awe should be broken.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Commander of Hazrat Zeinab Base of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Rahim Noei-Aqdam said that today Martyr Qassem Soleimani is 1,000 times more powerful than General Qassem Soleimani, adding that his school was the school of resistance against bullying powers.
“Martyr Soleimani is 1,000 times stronger than General Soleimani,” Noei-Aqdam said, stressing that Lieutenant General Soleimani taught us to stand firm against the global bullying powers.
He added that Soleimani’s school was the school of rejecting dependence on Eastern and Western powers and standing up to the US hegemony.
Noei-Aqdam went on to say that the path of Martyr Soleimani is the path of dignity and honor.
Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
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 military men were martyred by the 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.
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,” Prosecutor-General of Tehran Ali Alqasi Mehr said.
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.