TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani said on Tuesday that Iran will continue down the path of resistance that his predecessor, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, pursued prior to his assassination by the United States.
"We will continue down the path of Martyr Soleimani with honor and pride, and will stand against the oppressors of the world,” Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani said at a conference in Tehran on Iran’s legal and international claims related to the eight-year Iraqi war on Iran during the 1980s.
"The path of resistance is growing stronger every day, contrary to the situation of the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that of the Zionist regime, which has been building a wall around itself for security,” he added.
General Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, was assassinated along with his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, in a U.S. drone strike ordered by ex-president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Both commanders were highly popular because of the key role they played in eliminating the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
And also, at the conference, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis will remain as heroes of the war against terrorism.
"Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and Haj Qassem Soleimani will always be heroes of the war against terrorism,” Rayeesi said, adding that Iran is pursuing the assassination of the Iranian and Iraqi commanders and the cowardly move will not go unanswered.
"As the Judiciary, we are responsible for all cases and we are also responsible for this specific case although there may not be a fair trial because of the hegemonic system,” he noted.
Rayeesi blasted the U.S. for targeting the symbol of Resistance in a crime that has violated all international regulations and the Iraqi territorial integrity.
In relevant remarks, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Muhammad Hussein Baqeri said the United States targeted Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani’s car with a bomb special for armored vehicles, adding that the bomb can pierce 30 centimeters into steel.
"This bomb that hit General Soleimani’s car can penetrate 30cm into steel. They used such a bomb and committed such a crime so as to shatter his body,” Major General Baqeri said.
"A foreign guest travelled to Iraq, carrying a message in response to the message of Saudi Arabia upon the Iraqi Prime Minister’s invitation,” Baqeri stated in a local ceremony in Tehran, referring to Martyr Soleimani’s visit to Baghdad.
He stressed that Martyr Soleimani entered Iraq onboard a civilian airliner in a public, clear and open trip.