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Resistance Leaders: Solidarity Strengthened in Resistance Pivot after Assassination of Gen. Soleimani

Several leaders of resistance front underlined that targeted assassination of Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis backfired on the US and further increased solidarity in the resistance front.

“The US always attempts to target the commanders who try to free their country but it did not benefit from the crime against General Soleimani and al-Muhandis and the assassination further united the combat in the resistance front’s battlefields,” member of Yemen’s Ansarullah Political Council Mohammad al-Bakhiti told the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.

He added that Iran’s retaliatory measure by attacking the US Ein al-Assad base in Iraq changed the rules of conflict between the resistance front and Washington.

Meantime, member of the political bureau of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq group in Iraq Saad al-Saadi told al-Mayadeen that the resistance front has grown more powerful and prepared to confront the US plots after assassination of the two leaders.

Also, senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Maher al-Taher said that General Soleimani has turned into a role model in the world and his assassination backfired on the US.

“The aggression could not attain its goals and now we witness serious demands for the withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq, and his assassination increased solidarity in the resistance front,” he added.

Lieutenant General Soleimani and Abu Muhandis were assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.

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.

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