Iran celebrates death anniversary of Qasem Soleimani, calls it an act of “state terrorism”


As the Iranian military is due to mark the anniversary of the death of senior officer Qasem Soleimani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has called for his assassination. “An act of state terrorism”. Khatibzadeh said the country will not rest until those who committed the “flagrant” crime are punished. Notably, Soleimani was an Iranian military officer who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The military officer was reportedly killed by US forces. According to the Iranian government, he was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020.

According to Iranian military forces, Washington and Israeli forces were involved in the deadly drone attack. Iran subsequently retaliated by firing dozens of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases containing US troops. The shooting resulted in traumatic brain injury to hundreds of American soldiers. “The action of the United States in the assassination of Lieutenant-General Soleimani was a true example of a terrorist attack and state terrorism, organized by the United States government and planned and executed by former President Donald Trump,” Khatibzadeh said during a press briefing. Monday.

“The American administration has an international responsibility for this heinous act, and Iran will not refrain from any action to bring to justice the authors and the advisers of this terrorist act“, he added.

Former intelligence chief confirms Israel’s role in Soleimani’s murder

Further, he noted that Soleimani has played an important role in eradicating terrorism from the region, the rhetoric the United States still maintains. Addressing the US claims, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Washington maintains “double standards” and lies about terrorism. It should be mentioned that the then US President presented different reasons when asked about the appointment of the highest military commander. Previously, Israel had denied any involvement in the drone attack, but in December of this year, the former head of military intelligence confirmed the role of the IDF. Notably, the recent confirmation was the first public recognition of Israel’s role in the operation.

“The assassination of Soleimani was an achievement, because our main enemy, in my eyes, are the Iranians,” AP said, quoting ex-Major General Tamir Heyman to a local magazine. According to him, there were two major assassinations during his tenure.

(With input from the AP)

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