The blood of US-assassinated Iranian anti-terror Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani has awakened millions of people in the Islamic countries to stand against the US and Israel, a senior media official in Yemen’s foreign ministry said.
“The blood of General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC Quds Force, awakened millions of people in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, etc., and blew new life to the determination to confront the tyrants on Earth, the US and Israel,” Ummah al-Malak al-Khashib told FNA on Saturday.
He added that after martyrdom of General Soleimani, thousands and thousands of people in the Muslim world will continue his path more seriously.
Al-Khashib described General Soleimani as a lion of God’s lions and a brave figure, saying that the enemy feared him during his life and this fear has even increased after his martyrdom due to the revenge by General Soleimani’s friends, which is impending with an unspecified time and place.
In relevant remarks on Friday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami said Iran is fully ready to take revenge from the assassins General Soleimani, stressing that the very thought of revenge has caused a constant nightmare for the Americans.
“We are ready to confront any US move against Iran in the region.” Salami said on the sidelines of the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, adding, “We are prepared to avenge the blood of the martyrs and liberate Muslims forever from the political, economic and cultural hegemony of the US.”
“We assure our people that we will take revenge from the perpetrators of the terror attack on Martyr Lieutenant General Soleimani and his companions very harshly,” he went on to say.
“The path of harsh revenge is the path of collapse of the Zionist regime and the United States in the region and also expulsion of US terrorist forces from the region,” the IRGC commander noted.
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 deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces. 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,” Prosecutor-General of Tehran Ali 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.