Iran Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani arrives in Beirut to pay tribute to Hezbollah martyr commander 'Badreddine'
AhlulBayt News Agency - Major General Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ “Al-Quds Force” reportedly arrived in Beirut on Monday morning in order to pay tribute to the fallen Hezbollah commander, Mustafa Badreddine, Lebanese al-Akhbar News Agency reported.
The Al-Quds Force commander has made several public visits to Lebanon in the past; however, this is the first time he has traveled to Beirut since the death of Jihad Mughaniyeh in January of 2015.
Major General Suleimani was believed to have been very close with Mustafa Badreddine, making this trip to Beirut much more emotional for the Al-Quds Force commander.
On Saturday, the resistance movement said that Badreddine had been killed by Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria, adding his death would boost the movement's resolve to fight the extremist militants.
Hezbollah fighters are combating alongside the Syrian forces against a range of terrorist groups operating in the war-ravaged Arab country, including Daesh and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.
Speaking at the funeral of Martyr Mustafa Badreddine, Shaykh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, said the aim of the members of the Islamic Resistance is not to kill or to harm others, but rather they do not want the responsibility of losing Palestine and the Islamic nation to be on their shoulders when they stand before God Almighty on the Day of Judgement.
He added that the Islamic Resistance will remain Syria’s crown of dignity and an honourable pillar and the pride of the Islamic and Arab worlds.