Sunday marked the first anniversary of the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport on direct orders from President Donald Trump.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has described the Middle East region commemorating the first anniversary of General Qasem Soleimani’s killing as “a reminder” that Daesh* remains “the only beneficiary of his murder”.
‘Champion of Fight Against Terrorists’
The tweet came as the Iranian foreign minister praised Soleimani in a televised interview, where he specifically lauded the IRGC general as a person “who always worked in the field of peace and negotiation”.
As commander of the IRGC’s elite unit responsible for extraterritorial operations, Soleimani was known to be involved in an array of anti-terrorism operations across the Middle East. He briefly joined the US in its fight against the Taliban* in Afghanistan in 2001, and he also assisted the Syrian government in its fight against jihadists in the 2010s.
Separately, the top Iranian diplomat revealed that Soleimani used to tell him “he was waiting for a bullet, and he thought he’d be shot on the battlefield”.
“He was a genius who had defeated them in Syria and Yemen”, the foreign minister concluded.
‘Craven Act of Terror’
The interview came after the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed Soleimani’s assassination as a “craven act…