Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again censured the United States for committing a “craven act of terror” against top legendary Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, vowing to prosecute the culprits in his assassination.
In a tweet on Friday on the occasion of the first anniversary of Lieutenant General Soleimani’s assassination near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the ministry said Washington’s terrorist act was carried out in blatant violation of international law, the United Nations Charter and Iraq’s sovereignty.
Emphasizing that all the US acts of lawlessness are in “full show,” the ministry said, “#Iran won’t rest until bringing those responsible to justice.”
January 3 marks the first anniversary of the US assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). He was admired as West Asia’s most potent counter-terrorism commander, with a unique charisma.
He was Iran’s lead military advisor helping Iraq and Syria defeat foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists, chiefly Daesh.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was martyred in a US drone strike outside Baghdad International Airport during an official visit. His Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), was also martyred along with their other companions when their convoy was hit.
The cowardly act of terror was carried out under the direction of US President Donald Trump, with the Pentagon taking responsibility for the strike.
In a phone call with President of Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council Faiq Zidan on Tuesday, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi said those involved in the assassination of Lieutenant General Soleimani will be justly punished without any discrimination.