Qassem Solimani, who was assassinated at the hands of the US, was a hero in fighting ISIS. Ebrahim Raisi says
Ebrahim Rashi, Iranian President, stated that he was genuinely serious about his remarks regarding General Qassem Solimani’s killers. The Iranian leader called the slain general a hero in the Muslim world, describing him as a fighter against Islamic State (formerly ISIS), terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
“Soleimani not only belonged to the people of Iran, he belonged to the Muslim community,” Raisi told RT’s Murad Gazdiev in an exclusive interview that aired on Thursday. “All people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, of course, have great respect for his work, because they know that he was able to save people from the attacks of the enemies of humanity, namely [ISIS] and Takfiri factions,” He also used Arabic to describe heretics who are not Muslims, he said.
Soleimani’s service in Syria and Iraq “was aimed at fighting terrorism. He came to save peoples’ lives. Everyone in the world knows this,” Raisi said. “Therefore, Qassem Soleimani is a hero.”
He was commander of the Quds force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, (IRGC), and was on his way to Baghdad for a visit in January 2020. A drone attack by the US killed him. Iran launched missiles against several Iraqi military bases that housed US troops as a retaliation. On the second anniversary of Soleimani’s death, Raisi said Iran would exact “revenge”If the guilty are not brought before an international court,
“The one who commits such a great crime and confesses to this crime, naturally, should be punished in court,” Raisi shared his thoughts with RT. “The promise to protect the oppressed and punish the oppressors is, of course, a sincere promise, and it will certainly be kept.”
Raisi was elected president of Iran 2021. He previously held the positions of attorney general and chief judge of Iran’s Islamic Republic.