General Qaani delivered a speech at the funeral of his deputy, Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, in Iran’s central city of Isfahan on Tuesday.
General Hejazi passed away on Sunday after years of suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used during the Iraqi war of the 1980s on Iran.
He was a veteran of the Iraqi war under former dictator Saddam Hussein on Iran, which lasted eight years. After the war, he served as the commander of Iran’s Basij volunteer force for ten years and as the deputy commander of the IRGC for a year.
He was named the deputy commander of the IRGC Quds Force after the former prominent commander of the force, Lieutenant General Soleimani, was assassinated in a US airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020. He replaced Brigadier General Qaani, who was named the new commander of the force.
In his address, General Qaani said various fronts of the resistance forces, from Iran to Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen keep to the path of late Iranian commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani and his followers.
Every day, the resistance forces take a fundamental action against the enemies of the Revolution and Islam, including the US and the bloodthirsty Zionist regime, Qaani added.
He also emphasized that the resistance front will proceed with such a dignified course vigorously.
In remarks in May 2020, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will “support and assist any nation or any group who opposes and fights the Zionist regime” of Israel.
“The Zionist regime has proven it won’t abide by any treaty & understands no logic except force. The nature of the Zionist regime is incompatible with peace, because the Zionists seek to expand their territories & will certainly not be limited to what they have already occupied,” said a tweet in the Leader’s account.