The Islamic Republic marked the one year anniversary of Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani on Sunday, with the general widely admired in his native Iran and throughout much of the Middle East for his assistance in squashing Daesh (ISIS)* and al-Qaeda* terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
The assassination of Qasem Soleimani has added fresh impetus to the resistance against the US and Israel, and will hasten America’s ultimate expulsion from the Middle East, Iranian Ambassador to Syria Javad Torkabadi has said.
Torkabadi stressed that Iran “will continue our efforts to avenge the martyr,” and suggested that while the US “aggressors” sought to defeat the Iranian people by killing the Quds commander, they failed in their efforts. “This ugly crime backfired on those who committed it,” he said.
The ambassador also praised Syrian President Bashar Assad in his remarks, saying his leadership in the face of the terrorist threat helped keep the rest of the region safe from the consequences of “evil-oriented plans.”
“The success of the Syrian Army is the essence of the victories of the Axis of Resistance and we will support it until its total victory,” he said, referring to the loose alliance between Iran, Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, as well as Iraqi Shia militias, in opposition to US, Israeli, and Gulf State activities in the region.
Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in January…