The Iranian leader states that the top US officials responsible for the assassination attempt on General Soleimani have to be brought before the courts or Muslims will seek revenge.
Top US officials behind the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani must be put on trial, the country’s president said on the two-year anniversary of the killing, warning the US will face revenge of Muslims otherwise.
President Ebrahim Raeisi paid tribute to the late commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, during a ceremony at Tehran’s Grand Mussalah mosque on Monday.
Raeisi named former US President Donald Trump and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as the main culprits behind the assassination, warning that failure to put them on trial for the attack will lead to Muslims’ revenge.
“If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” he said.
Assassinating General Khalid was an act of terrorism against both Iran and Iraq. The US attacked the country’s sovereignty, the president declared.
“You not only violated Iraq’s sovereignty, but you also assassinated a nation, not just an individual,”Raeisi added.
Soleimani, who was a former US President, was shot dead outside Baghdad’s airport on January 3. 2019. The strike also killed other officials including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (leader of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces), Trump claims that the attack was ordered to stop a possible imminent attack on US personnel in the area, which is alleged to have been plotted by Soleimani. However, there has never been any evidence supporting this claim.
The assassination prompted an uproar in Iraq, with the country’s parliament adopting a non-binding resolution demanding the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country shortly after the killing. Iran’s response was to launch a barrage of ballistic missiles against two US-occupied bases. Although no US soldier was reported to have been killed, 110 suffered traumatic brain injuries due to being close enough for the explosions.
Also, the killing of Soleimani triggered low-intensity warfare in Iraq. The US military forces and assets, along with heavily fortified Baghdad Embassy, were repeatedly under attack since then.