AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have been killed in US airstrikes in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Friday - 2020 03 January - 9:40
IRGC confirms reports on General Soleimani martyrdom
Commander of IRGC Quds Brigade, General Qasem Soleimani was martyred in US airstrike in Baghdad.
Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was martyred in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) confirmed.
Issuing a statement IRG announced that the Iranian commander was martyred in an US airstrike early morning today.
The strike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) and some of other forces of the PMU along with their guests.
Issuing a statement the PMU announced the Israeli regime and the US are behind this act of terror.
Pentagon also announced that Gen. Soleimani was killed on the US President Donald Trump's order.
Imam Khamenei: Iran to take harsh revenge against America
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those who assassinated IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani must await a harsh revenge.
In a statement on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the “cruelest people on earth” assassinated the “honorable” commander who “courageously fought for years against the evils and bandits of the world.”
His demise will not stop his mission, but the criminals who have the blood of General Soleimani and other martyrs of the Thursday night attack on their hands must await a harsh revenge, the Leader added.
“Martyr Soleimani is an international figure of the Resistance, and all the devotees of Resistance are now his avengers,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
"All the friends and foes must know that the path of Jihad of the Resistance will continue with double motivation, and a definite victory awaits those who fight in this auspicious path," the Leader said.
“The demise of our selfless and dear general is bitter, but the continued fight and achievement of the final victory will make life bitterer for the murderers and criminals,” he added.
In his statement, the Leader also offered condolences to the Iranian nation and General Soleimani’s family, and declared three days of national mourning.
Following the Leader’s remarks, Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami also vowed that revenge will be taken against all those behind the assassination.
“Undoubtedly, this heinous crime which is a strong proof of the evil nature of the Big Satan, the arrogant US and it’s all-out support for terrorism in the region and Iraq, will be responded to in a crushing way,” the defense minister warned.
Earlier, former commander of the IRGC Major General Mohsen Rezaei also vowed a harsh revenge against the perpetrators.
Iran's Leader announces three days of public mourning on General Soleimani's martyrdom
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced three days of public mourning on the martyrdom of the IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani.
The message was issued on the aftermath of the martyrdom of the Major General of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and the acting commander of the volunteer Iraqi Shia Forces, known as the Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (the Hash al-Shaabi) Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes.
In a message on Friday, the Supreme Leader said that he announced three days of public mourning.
He also extended his condolences to the martyred commander's spouse and children.
Iran summons Swiss envoy over US' assassination of General Soleimani
Following the US attacks in Baghdad airport which led to the martyrdom of Commander of IRGC Quds Brigade, General Ghasem Soleimani this morning, Islamic Republic of Iran summoned the Swiss envoy to Tehran, whose country represents US Interest Section in Iran.
According to the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi, Swiss charge d'affaires to the Islamic Republic of Iran was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry this morning to receive an official protest note regarding this morning’s martyrdom of IRGC Quds Forces Commander Gen. Ghasem Soleimani in Iraq.
"He was told that Washington's move is a blatant instance of state terrorism and the US regime is responsible for all its consequences," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday.
Zarif: US assassination of General Soleimani "dangerous, foolish"
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message described the US act of assassinating the IRGC commander Major General Qasem Soleimani as "dangerous and foolish".
“The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation,” Zarif tweeted on Friday.
“The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism,” he added.
Pres. Rouhani: General Soleimani's martyrdom doubled Iran's resolve to stand up to US' greed, defending Islamic values
Expressing condolences over the martyrdom of the great commander of Islam and Iran, the brave commander of the Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani and a number of his companions, especially the great warrior Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the aggressor, criminal United States, President stressed, "There is no doubt that the great nation of Iran and the other free nations of the region will take revenge on this gruesome crime from criminal America".
President Hassan Rouhani's message of condolences over the martyrdom of the great commander of Islam and Iran, the brave commander of the Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani and a number of his companions is as follows:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
The ones who have believed, emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah. And it is those who are the attainers. (Holy Quran)
The martyrdom of the great commander of Islam and Iran, the brave commander of the Quds Force Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and a number of his companions, especially the great warrior Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the aggressor, criminal United States caused great grief and sorrow for the entire Iranian nation and regional nations, doubling the resolve of the great Iranian nation and other free peoples of the region to stand up to US' greed and defend Islamic values.
Without a doubt, this cowardly and vicious act is another sign of the United States' frustration, frustration and helplessness in the region and the feeling of hatred on the side of regional states towards this aggressor regime who have violated all human principles and norms and international rights with the most inhumane brutality, recording another stigma on the sordid pages of this country.
I am confident that the flag of dignity and steadfastness of this great martyr will stand tall by the hands of the soldiers of Islam, and the honourable path of self-sacrifice and resistance will continue more powerfully. There is no doubt that the great nation of Iran and the other free nations of the region will take revenge on this horrible crime from criminal America.
Condemning this brutal act and praising the brilliant, unparalleled and everlasting services of this courageous figure of the Iranian history in defending the territorial integrity of the country and combatting terrorism and extremism in the region, I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations and condolences over the great catastrophe to the Supreme Leader and the Commander in Chief, entire Iranian nation, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, his comrades and companions, and especially his respectful family, and I pray to the Almighty for highest levels for this great martyr and his companions.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Envoy to Iraq: Efforts underway for transferring bodies of IRGC martyrs to Iran
Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said that 10 people along with IRGC’s Quds Brigade Gen. Ghasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Commander of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) were assassinated on Friday following the US airstrike in Iraq.
He said, “with the coordination made in this regard, we are transferring bodies of the martyrs to the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Iranian DM: General Soleimani's revenge to be taken on all criminals, perpetrators
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami expressed his deep condolences on the martyrdom of Commander of IRGC Quds Brigade, General Ghasem Soleimani, saying that Iran will take his revenge on all criminals and perpetrators.
Following the martyrdom of Commander of IRGC Quds Brigade, General Ghasem Soleimani on Friday, Hatami said that undoubtedly, this heinous crime, which is a strong proof of the viciousness of the 'Great Satan' and the indisputable support for terrorists in the region and Iraq, will be responded strongly.
He also offered condolences and congratulations to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the country’s Armed Forces especially the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the great nation of Iran and his dignified family.
He vowed Iran will take Gen. Soleimani's revenge on all criminals and perpetrators.
Iran's Judiciary Chief condoles nation on martyrdom of General Soleimani
The Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisee condoled the Iranian nation on the martyrdom of the IRGC Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and his fellow combatants.
Raisee, in his message on Friday morning, noted that the US-led international terrorism added yet another shameful page to its black record by martyring the Major General Qasim Soleimani
The message stressed that although the resistance front today is saddened by the martyrdom of commander Qasem Soleimani and his great companion, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the resolute steps of this honorable commanders will resonance in the history.
Hundreds of Soleimanis will rise to wreak havoc in the eyes of the US terrorist government and international terrorism around the world, he added.
Netanyahu cuts short visit after US assassination of General Soleimani
Israel has been put on high alert and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cut short his visit to Greece after US assassination of Iran’s top commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
Israeli media reported early Friday morning that Netanyahu intended to shorten his trip to Athens and would return to Tel Aviv, "in light of recent developments."
Netanyahu arrived in Athens on Thursday for “a very important” meeting with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus over the construction of a pipeline that would take Palestinian and Cypriot natural gas to Europe via Greece.
“We have established an alliance in the Middle East, an alliance that is of enormous importance to the energy future of Israel, to it becoming an energy power, and for stability in the region,” he said upon departure from Tel Aviv.
The news of his early return came after the US assassination the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Iraq.
The Pentagon confirmed that President Donald Trump had ordered the assassination.
In another development, the Israel military said it has put its forces on high alert over what it called possible threats from Iran. Israel has also closed Mount Hermon, the ski resort in the occupied Golan Heights, to visitors.
"Considering the situation, it was decided that the Hermon site would not be open to visitors today. There are no additional guidelines for Golan residents, and the routine continues,” said the military forces in a Twitter message.
According to previous US reports, Israel had attempted to assassinate the Iranian commander in 2008.
The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.
General Soleimani had been “the most effective force” fighting Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and other Takfiri groups such as al-Nusrah and al-Qaeda as well, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who denounced Soleimani’s assassination as “malice and stupidity of the terrorist American forces.”
Pentagon: Trump ordered killing of General Soleimani
President Donald Trump had ordered the US military to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon has said in a statement.
“At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force,” the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world,” read the statement.
Meanwhile, US troops with the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Kuwait as part of the Immediate Response Force, the US Department of Defense announced.
US urges Americans to leave Iraq immediately
The US Embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has called on all American citizens to leave the country immediately following President Donald Trump’s order to assassinate Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani.
“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the US Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately,” the embassy said in a statement on Friday .
“US citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land,” the statement added.
The statement also added that US citizens should “not approach the embassy”, while the consulate general in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, would be open for appointments.
Pakistani politician: Assassination of General Soleimani, US open war against Ummah
Secretary General Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen on Friday strongly condemned the US act of assassinating the IRGC commander terming it as beginning of new war against Muslim Ummah.
In a statement Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri said that whole Muslim world is grieved and in anger over the martyrdom of IRGC Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (the Hash al-Shaabi) Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes by the US in Iraq.
He went on to say that the two Muslim commanders were protecting integrity of Prophets, Ahl al-Bayt, Sahaba and the lives of Muslims people in Syria and Iraq.
He called upon all Muslim countries including Pakistan to cut off their diplomatic ties with the great Satan and tyrant US and shut down its embassies in their states.
Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri stated that martyrdom of two great Islamic leaders through the hands of great Satan tantamount to a new war against Ummah.
He said that people of Pakistan are deeply saddened over the incident and offer their condolences to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, families of the martyrs and the oppressed Muslims across the world and expressed their extreme hate towards the US.
He said that the MWM on the tragic incident pledges to defeat American designs against Muslims around the world adding that we will continue to fight against enemies of Islam till our last drop of blood.
Grand Ayatollah Sistani condemns US’ ‘vicious’ attack
Iraq's top Shia Cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani reacted to US forces’ terrorist act of assassinating General Ghasem Soleimani along with some other figures of the resistance movement.
“A vicious attack led to the martyrdom of a host of heroes who had gained victory over Daesh,” said Ayatollah Sistani on Friday.
Iraqi PM warns of devastating war
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has condemned US assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani, warning of devastating consequences for Iraq as senior Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr put all his forces on alert.
Abdul-Mahdi blasted the US strike as a blatant act of “aggression” that would "spark a devastating war."
He described General Soleimani and al-Muhandis as the icons of Iraq’s victory over Western-backed Daesh terrorists.
"The assassination of an Iraqi military commander in an official post is an aggression against the country of Iraq, its state, its government and its people," the PM said, referring to al-Muhandis.
He described the strike as a "flagrant violation of the conditions authorizing the presence of US troops" on Iraqi soil and said it should be met with legislation that safeguards Iraq's security and sovereignty.
Abdul-Mahdi called on the Iraqi parliament to convene an extraordinary session. The parliament said it will reconvene on Saturday to decide the future of America's military presence.
Muqtada Sadr orders forces to be ready
Sadr sent his condolences to the Iranian nation and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamanei.
He condemned the targeted assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis as an attempt by Washington to stifle anti-US sentiments in Iraq and the nation's resolve to uproot foreign-backed terrorism.
The cleric also ordered all his forces to maintain readiness to defend the Arab country against further violations by American forces.
"As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, specially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq," he said in a statement.
He also called on all sides to behave with "wisdom and shrewdness."
Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq movement orders his fighters to be on high alert
Qais al-Khazali, the leader of Iraq’s Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq movement, ordered his fighters to be on high alert and said the strike would spell the end of the US military presence in Iraq.
"All fighters should be on high alert for upcoming battle and great victory. The price for the blood for the martyred commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is the complete end to American military presence in Iraq," local TV channel al-Ahd quoted Khazali as saying.
Ammar al-Hakim calls on Iraqi government to take necessary action in response
Ammar al-Hakim, leader of Iraq's National Wisdom Movement, also condemned the assassination of Gen. Soleimani and al-Muhandis, calling on the government to take necessary action in response.
He said the two commanders had dedicated their lives to fighting terrorism and their assassination would bring about harsh consequences.
Ayatollah Khatami: Americans will no longer find peace around world
Tehran's interim Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami warned the United States of the consequences of assassinating Iran’s General Ghasem Soleimani.
Americans, especially US President Trump, must be assured that Iran’s measures in response to US assassination of Gen. Soleimani will bring Washington misery, he said during Tehran Friday prayers sermon.
“Americans should know that they have not achieved victory, rather, they have come closer to a collapse.”
“I announce that Americans will not find peace anywhere in the world. Today, the Resistance movement in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon want to take Soleimani’s revenge and now, with God’s grace, it is time to end the presence of these harmful beasts in the region,” he highlighted.
Bernie Sanders condemns Trump for ordering assassination of General Soleimani
US Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has condemned President Donald Trump for ordering the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, warning that the killing will destabilize the region and puts the US on the path to another war.
Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress expressed outrage over Trump's ordered strike, saying the Republican president did not obtain congressional approval.
Perhaps the most forceful condemnation came from Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont.
"When I voted against the war in Iraq in 2002, I feared it would lead to greater destabilization of the region," Sanders tweeted on Thursday. ‘That fear unfortunately turned out to be true.”
"The US has lost approximately 4,500 brave troops, tens of thousands have been wounded, and we’ve spent trillions [in Iraq],” Sanders added.
"Trump's dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars. Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one."
Sayyed Nasrallah: General Soleimani “master of resistance martyrs”, avenging him a duty
Describing General Qassem Soleimani as the “master of Resistance Axis’ martyrs,” Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that avenging the commander of IRGC’s Quds Force is the responsibility and duty of all resistance mujahidin around the world.
In a statement released on Friday, the leader of the Lebanese Resistance commented on the martyrdom of General Soleimani and Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Hashd Shaabi Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in a US strike on Baghdad airport early Friday.
“The dear brother and great leader Hajj Qassem Soleimani has reached his ultimate wishes by embracing martyrdom. He deserves to be called the Master of Resistance Axis’ martyrs.”
Sayyed Nasrallah offered condolences to Imam Mohammad Al-Mahdi (a.s.), Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Muslim clerics, Iranian officials including those of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Iranian nation on the martyrdom of General Suleimani.
His eminence called General Soleimani as the “courageous, role model and kindhearted father of Resistance mujahidin in the region.”
Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the top Iranian commander for embracing martyrdom “in the school of Imam Hussein (a.s.) and Sayyed Zeinab (a.s).”
He pledged to “continue his path and to work throughout days and nights to achieve his goals.”
“We will raise General Suleimani’s flag in all the battlefields and the victories of the Axis of Resistance will augment thanks to his blood.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, meanwhile, that “meeting out the fair punishment to these criminal assassins, who are the most malign people in the world, will be the responsibility and task of all Resistance Mujahidin around the world.”
The US killers won’t be able to reach their goals through their flagrant crime, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed.
In a separate statement, Sayyed Nasrallah also offered condolences to Imam Mohammad Al-Mahdi (a.s.), Iraqi religious authority, Imam Khamenei, Hashd Shaabi and the Iraqi nation on the martyrdom of Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.
“Iraqi people will prove their loyalty to the martyred commanders and won’t accept that their blood go in vain,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.
“The blood of the martyrs, Soleimani, Al-Muhandis and others presents an incentive to continue the path and achieve our hopes in a free, dignified and independent Iraq that is occupation and terror free.”
Imam Khamenei appoints General Gha’ani as new commander of IRGC Quds Force
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Esmail Gha'ani as the new commander of IRGC Quds Force commander.
In a decree on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that Brigadier General Gha'ani has been one of the prominent commanders during the eight years of Sacred Defense and has been accompanying martyr General Soleimani in the past several years in the region.
“The plan of the force will exactly be the same as the plan during martyr Soleimani’s tenure,” noted the Leader.
Larijani condemns US crime in Iraq, condoles General Soleimani’s martyrdom
Iranian Parliament Speaker َAli Larijani condemned the US for its horrendous crime of assassination of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, and said that such a terrorist act will not go unpunished.
“General Soleimani was a popular and powerful commander of all Iranians who thrived for the dignity and independence of Iran and was martyred by the US criminal regime for this reason,” Larijani said in a condolence message on Friday.
The Iranian parliament speaker underlined that the Iranian nation will not forget the US crime, and said, “Iranians have done so many sacrifices to preserve the country’s honor and dignity.”
“The US regime is the most hated regime in the world, and the arrogant system knows that through committing such crimes it will never be able to interfere with the determined will of the great Mujaheds (veterans) brought up in the Muslim nations, he said in his message,” he added.
AQR custodian offers condolences to Leader on martyrdom of General Soleimani
Upon the martyrdom of Major-General Qassem Soleimani, a servant of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine, Hoj. Ahmad Marvi the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi offered a condolence message to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. The text of the message reads:
In the Name of God, the Compassionate the Merciful
Greetings to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the martyrdom of Major-General Haj Qassem Soleimani, the courageous and renowned commander of Islam and the servant of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine who was the real epitome of resistance and jihad in the cause of God; also my condolences on martyrdom of Haj Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the brave leader of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces and those accompanying them, to the Imam of the Time Hazrat Mahdi (AS), to Your Excellency and to all supporters and sympathizers of the bright line of resistance and those serving the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS).
Major-General Soleimani’s unrivaled devotion and gallantry remind us of the courage and self-sacrifice of Muslim combatants in early years after Islam, such as the great commander Malik Ashtar. Our great man of jihad and resistance found his long-lasting wish of martyrdom granted and he joined his fellow combatants in the abode of the blessed on a night which is special for spiritual meeting with Imam Hussein (AS).
Losing Soleimani the Great is a big loss for the world of Islam and for humanity as well. Humanity owes security and freedom from the claws of Takfiri terrorism to Soleimani and his fellow combatants’ self-sacrifice. The scope and extent of Major-General Soleimani’s jihadi efforts and initiatives in the light of guidance by the powerful Leader of the Islamic Revolution brought to failure the evil plots of the US and Zionist regime during all these years. This neutralized the so-called Middle East Roadmap which meant to give birth to an American Mideast and Muslim nations remained integrated in warding off the evil shadow of US-Israeli-sponsored terrorism.
The US rapacious forces committed the crime in revenge of Daesh defeat to please Zionist child-killer hoodlums, but Your Excellency’s good tidings on taking severe revenge on these evil-hearted criminals will soothe the bereaved hearts of the believers and those fighting in the cause of God.
Upon the permission of God and with your wise guidance, the blood of these martyrs will further strengthen the blessed resistance movement and will speed up the countdown for annihilation of the arrogant powers.
Chief Custodian of Astan Quds Razavi
Jan. 3, 2020
Velayati: US to pay heavy price for killing General Soleimani
Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati condemned the US crimes in Iraq, and warned Washington of the dreadful consequences of its terror attack on Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
“Americans and their mercenaries will pay for the consequences of this terrorist crime,” Leader’s top aide said.
“Martyrdom of General Soleimani, to whom we owe most of our victories, will give a new life to the Resistance Front,” Velayati added.
He reiterated that with the support of regional countries, the Resistant Axis will take General Soleimani’s revenge.
UN Special Rapporteur: General Soleimani assassination is unlawful
Qasem Soleimani's assassination is unlawful and violates international human rights law, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
Following the assassination of Mager General Qassem Soliemani, Agnes Callamard the French human rights expert and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on her twitter mentioned the targeted killings of Major General Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis are most likely unlawful and violate international human rights law.
She noted this assassination is outside the context of active hostilities.
Agnes Callamard added, the use of drones or other means for targeted killing is almost never likely to be legal.
Ahlul Bait (a.s) Foundation of South Africa condoles General Soleimani’s martyrdom
Ahlul Bait (a.s) Foundation of South Africa condoles General Soleimani’s martyrdom.
The full text of the statement come as follow:
In the name of the God
مِّنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَىٰ نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلًا
“Of the believers are men who are true to the covenant which they made with Allah: so of them is he who accomplished his vow, and of them is he who yet waits, and they have not changed in the least.” (Holy Quran Surah Ahzab Verse 23)
Today Friday 3 January 2020, the sacred lands of Iraq which witnessed 14 centuries ago the ultimate stand for Justice and truth by the Leader of Martyrs, Imam Husayn (a.s) once again became drenched in the blood of an elite martyr of our time.
It is indeed with a great shock that AHLUL BAIT (A.S) FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (AFOSA) received the news of the assassination and consequent martyrdom of General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force.
General Soleimani served the Iranian people in particular in various positions in its army for more than 40 years and simultaneously served the Muslim Ummah and humanity at large beyond the Iranian borders during this time.
He became internationally famous when he initially provided strategic and logistical support to Syria during 2011 when it faced a civil war and played an instrumental role in combating the emergence of ISIS in both Syria and Iraq and ensuring its eventual extinction. His selfless sacrifice and bravery has resulted in the world witnessing a more stable Middle East today.
His murder, along with the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, another great hero from the land of Karbala who resisted against occupation of his sacred country by ISIS terrorists as well as American aggression, is the most brazen indication to date that America seeks a direct war with the axis of Resistance in the region. AFOSA unreservedly condemns this act of aggression by the US government.
The immediate response of the Prime Minister of New Zealand in indicating that it will not be part of such a war is noteworthy and we call on the freedom loving nations of the world to influence their governments to take a similar stance.
AFOSA extends its sincere condolences to Imam Mahdi (a.s), Our Leader Grand Ayatullah Khamenei, all Maraji (Grand Spiritual authorities), the family of the martyrs and the Iranian & Iraqi nations and all freedom loving nations of the world.
وَلَمَّا بَرَزُوا لِجَالُوتَ وَجُنُودِهِ قَالُوا رَبَّنَا أَفْرِغْ عَلَيْنَا صَبْرًا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وَانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَ
So when they marched out for [encounter with] Goliath and his troops, they said, ‘Our Lord, pour patience upon us, make our feet steady, and assist us against the faithless lot.’
(Holy Quran Surah Baqara Verse 250)
وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَ
"And soon the unjust will know to what final place of turning (hell) they shall turn back"
(Holy Quran - Surah Shu'araa Verse 227)
SYED AFTAB HAIDER
National Coordinator - Ahlul Bait (a.s) Foundation of South Africa
Imam - Ahlul Bait (a.s) Masjid - Ottery, Cape Town
Syria strongly condemns US move in General Soleimani's assassination
Syria on Friday condemned the US criminal aggression which led to the martyrdom of the Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chairman of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Commission Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of the Mobilization’s cadres, expressing complete solidarity with Iraq and Iran.
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA in a statement that the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in strongest terms the US criminal aggression which led to the martyrdom of leader of al-Quds Failaq, Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, and Deputy Chairman of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Commission Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of the mobilization’s cadres as a dangerous escalation of the situation in the region.
The source added that this treacherous aggression lives up to the levels of the criminal gangs, reiterating the U.S. responsibility towards the instability status that Iraq is witnessing in the framework of the US policies which aim at creating tensions and fuelling conflicts in the countries of the region aiming at dominating them and empowering the Zionist entity of controlling the region.
Russia condoles with Iran over General Soleimani's martyrdom
Russia offered condolences to Iran on Friday over the martyrdom of General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Quds Force.
The U.S. confirmed Thursday that it carried out a strike that killed General Soleimani in Iraq.
"We consider the murder of Soleimani as a result of an American missile strike on the outskirts of Baghdad as an adventurous step that will lead to an increase in tension in the entire region. Soleimani has faithfully served the cause of protecting the national interests of Iran. We express our sincere condolences to the Iranian people," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Protests held in Pakistan to condemn assassination of General Soleimani
Pakistani political activists and members of religious groups on Friday rallied to condemn the US heinous act to assassinate IRGC Quds force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
The protests were held in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi after Friday prayers.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the US and torched the American flag to express their anger.
In Islamabad, senior members of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and the Imamia Student Organization strongly condemned the martyrdom of Qasem Soleimani and Deputy Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) - known as the Hash al-Shaabi - Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes.
They called on the leaders of the Islamic world, especially the government in Pakistan, not to remain silent about the brutal actions and destructive US policies in the region.
The protesters declared solidarity with the Iranian nation and other Islamic resistant forces by chanting slogans of death to America and death on Israel.
Protests were also held in the cities of Lahore and Karachi. In Karachi, hundreds of student activists and community members rallied to condemn the assassination of General Soleimani by the US.
Pakistan urges to avoid unilateral actions afer assassination of General Soleimani
Pakistan in its reaction to the US heinous act to assassinate IRGC Quds force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani says unilateral actions and use of force must be avoided.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a statement on Friday said Pakistan has viewed with deep concern the recent developments in the Middle East, which seriously threaten peace and stability in the region.
“Respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity are the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which should be adhered to. It is also important to avoid unilateral actions and use of force,” said the statement.
It went on to say that all parties are urged to exercise maximum restraint, engage constructively to de-escalate the situation and resolve issues through diplomatic means, in accordance with UN Charter and international law.
Iran's Intelligence Ministry: Resistant Front to give a crushing response to US terrorist attack
The Ministry of Intelligence issued a statement on the assassination of IRGC Commander of Quds Force Gen. Ghasem Soleimani and said, “the Islamic Resistance Front will retaliate the US heinous act which led to the assassination of IRGC Commander of Quds Force General Soleimani.”
China calls for respecting sovereignty, territorial integrity of Iraq
People’s Republic of China in its reaction to the US airstrikes on Friday in Iraq, which led to the martyrdom of IRGC Commander of Quds Force General Ghasem Soleimani, called for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq.
Geng Shuang, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said at a daily briefing: “we attach high importance to the recent incidents. China has always opposed the use of forces in the international relations, and advocates that all parties should practically abide by the purpose and principle of UN Charter and basic norm of international relations."
Jeremy Corbyn criticises 'belligerent' Donald Trump over assassination of General Soleimani
Jeremy Corbyn has said Britain should “stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States”, after Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iran’s top general.
In a statement today, Corbyn said the killing was “an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict in the Middle East with global significance”.
“The UK government should urge restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States,” the outgoing Labour leader said.
“All countries in the region and beyond should seek to ratchet down the tensions to avoid deepening conflict, which can only bring further misery to the region, 17 years on from the disastrous invasion of Iraq.”
Imam Khamenei met with family members of Martyr Major General Soleimani
Imam Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, visited the home of the esteemed and eminent General of Islam, Major General Hajj Qasem Soleimani, on Friday.
Showing sympathy with the family of the martyr, his Eminence expressed congratulations and condolences for the martyrdom of the sincere and distinguished fighter in the way of God.
Referring to Martyr Soleimani’s sincerity and self-sacrifice, Imam Khamenei stated, “Hajj Qasem had been exposed to martyrdom repeatedly, but in performing his duty and fighting for the cause of God, he had no fear of anyone or anything.”
The Leader of the Revolution regarded the fact that General Soleimani was martyred by the most villainous individuals, the American officials, and their pride in this crime to be a distinguishing feature of this brave fighter in the way of God and reminded, “His struggle was a great struggle, and God made his martyrdom a great martyrdom. This was a significant blessing for Hajj Qasem, who was deserving (of such a glorious martyrdom). Hajj Qasem had to be martyred in such a manner.”
While asking Allah to bestow patience and divine calm on the hearts of the martyr’s family members and the hearts of all of the Iranian people, His Eminence added, “Today, you saw how the people in different cities of the country came to the streets in great numbers and with exceptional devotion. You will also see his funeral (with great numbers). These blessings are before our eyes, so we understand the value of martyrdom. What a blessing for Hajj Qasem who achieved his dream. He cherished martyrdom, shed tears for it, and mourned for his martyred friends.”
Stressing that outward Jihad relies on ‘the biggest Jihad’, which is internal Jihad, Imam Khamenei addressed the daughter of the martyr saying, “All of the people are bereaved and grateful to your father. And this gratitude is due to the outstanding sincerity, which existed in him because the hearts are in the hands of God. Without sincerity, the people’s hearts wouldn’t have recognized him in this way. May God bestow His blessings on all of us and all the Iranian nation.”
Pres. Rouhani met with family members of Martyr General Soleimani
Iran's President praised the self-sacrifices and devotion of Martyr Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and said, "Martyr Soleimani will be everlasting in the history of Iran and freedom-seekers around world”.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visited Martyr Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani’s house on Saturday morning and offered his family congratulations and condolences over the brave general of Islam’s martyrdom.
Stating that today not only the Iranian nation, but also the entire freedom-seeking Muslim peoples around the world mourn the great martyr’s loss, he said, "Despite the fact that people know the aspects of his self-sacrifice and jihad, his great work and activities must be made clear for everybody”.
Soleimani was a general who never dismounted from the horse of jihad during these 38 years and his efforts were round the clock, Dr Rouhani said, "The services of this great martyr for providing the security to the country and the region, especially for the people of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan, are unforgettable”.
He also said that the name and memory of the great martyr will stay with the Iranian nation forever, saying, "The crime the United States committed will remain in the history of their biggest crimes against the Iranian nation”.
“The Americans did not understand what grave mistake they committed; they will face the consequences of this criminal act not only today, but also in the coming years,” he said.
The President added, "There is no doubt that the US is now more hated among Iranians and Iraqis”.
The level of Martyr Soleimani was nothing less than being martyred by the greatest terrorist of history, he said, adding, "All American forces joined hands with full readiness to take this great asset from us and Muslim nations”.
Stating that the Almighty will compensate this loss, Dr Rouhani said, "The dear young people of Iran follow the path of Martyr Soleimani and, God-willing, tens of General Soleimani will be brought up in this country”.
Dr Rouhani added, "The empty place of General Soleimani cannot be filled easily, because he was not only a war commander and designer of major operations, but also an exceptional, talented politician and strategist”.
He added, "Martyr Soleimani was always working tirelessly for the oppressed peoples and the security of regional countries, and today, all Muslims and freedom-seekers around the world are mourning his loss”.
Referring to his brave presence in fighting ISIS terrorists and defending the shrines of Ahl ul-Bayt, the President said, "His place and efforts are unforgettable in our history and General Soleimani will remain everlasting in the history of Iran”.
He also said that the Iranian nation reserves the right to avenge Martyr Soleimani’s blood, adding, "Martyr Soleimani’s blood will be avenged on the day we see the evil hand of America is cut short of the region for good”.
The President continued, "The Iranian nation will display their respect for the path of martyrs with their greatness and large presence at Martyr Soleimani’s funeral”.
“Iranian nation’s enemies were very angry about General Soleimani’s efforts and plans for regional stability and security, because the enemies’ plots would be revealed very soon by his wisdom and planning; this is why they martyred him,” said Rouhani.
Funeral processions of Gen. Soleimani, al-Muhandis begin in Kazemein (+Photos)
The funeral processions of the commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and Iraq’s Hashd al-Sah’abi deputy Mahdi al-Muhandis started in the holy Iraqi city of Kazemein on Saturday morning.
According to Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi, thousands of people have gathered in the holy shrines of Shia Imams in Kazemein to hold the mourning ceremony of the martyrs.
The bodies will be transferred to Baghdad afterward for holding mourning ceremonies in the Iraqi capital.
Sheikh Isa Qassim condemn US over Lt. General Soleimani assassination
Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim released a message of condolence on the martyrdom of the commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
He strongly condemned the terrorist American forces’ criminal move to assassinate IRGC’s Quds Force, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on Friday in Baghdad.
Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim also offered condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the nation of Iran and his dignified family.
Syrian President offers condolences over martyrdom of General Soleimani
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday sent two cables to the Leader of Iranian Islamic Revolution Sayyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran over the martyrdom of a constellation of resistance leaders on top of them Major-General Qassem Soleimani.
Huge crowds of Iraqis join General Soleimani’s funeral procession
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis chanting "Death to America" have joined the funeral procession for Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi anti-terror forces chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad.
The US assassination of the two commanders at Baghdad airport in the early hours of Friday has triggered a wave of rage among Iranians and Iraqis, and forged an unprecedented unity with vociferous calls for revenge.
Both Generals Soleimani and Muhandis were popular figureheads in helping squelch an ominous rise of Daesh which once came as close as 30 km to Baghdad, while the US withdrew troops from Iraq and looked on.
Images of the Iranian commander tagging along with Iraqi fighters at frontlines as the ferocious battle against Daesh terrorists went on are endearingly etched in the minds of many Iraqis.
Their massive turnout in Saturday's funeral is both a testimony to Soleimani's popularity among many Iraqis and a message to the US which made its stay in the Arab country more unwelcome with the extrajudicial killing, observers say.
In all, 10 people -- five Iraqis and five Iranians -- were killed in Friday morning's US strike on their motorcade just outside Baghdad airport as Soleimani's flight arrived from Syria, leading to speculations that Israeli intelligence played a role.
On Saturday, Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi joined Muhandis associate Hadi al-Ameri, senior cleric Ammar al-Hakim and other important figures in a large crowd accompanying the coffins.
Ameri, who has been named as the successor to Muhandis, and many other Iraqi leaders have called on all factions in Iraq to unite and expel foreign troops.
"We call on all national forces to unify their stance in order to expel foreign troops whose presence has become pointless in Iraq," Ameri told national television on Friday.
The cortege set off around Kadhimiya, a pilgrimage district of Baghdad, before heading to the Green Zone government and diplomatic district where a state funeral was to be held attended by top dignitaries.
The convoy snaked its way though a sea of black-clad mourners, some of whom carried portraits of Iran's Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
The bodies of the Iranians will then be flown on Saturday evening to Iran, which has declared three days of mourning for Gen. Soleimani. His funeral is to be held on Tuesday in his hometown of Kerman in central Iran.
Funeral processions would also be held on Saturday in the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf.
The Pentagon said in a statement on Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered the US military to assassinate the top Iranian commander.
Iran has warned that “harsh revenge" is waiting for the US following the strike that killed the leader of the Quds Force.
FM Zarif, UN Chief Hold Phone Talks over Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination
Iran’s foreign minister has talked over the phone with the United Nations secretary general over the US assassination of top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.
In his Friday phone conversation with Antonio Guterres, Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the assassination of General Soleimani was an act of terrorism.
“Given the enormous popularity of General Soleimani among people in the region for his role in fighting terrorist groups, his martyrdom will have consequences that are not in anybody’s hands, and all of its repercussions are directed towards the terrorist US regime,” said Zarif.
The UN chief, in turn, expressed misgivings over the US move, saying it will fuel tensions in the region.
US football team cancels camp in Qatar amid fears of Iran’s retaliation
The US men's football team has cancelled its plans to go to Qatar for a winter training camp amid heightened tensions in the Middle East following the US assassination of Iran's top general.
"Due to the developing situation in the region, US Soccer has decided to postpone traveling to Qatar for the Men's National Team's scheduled January training camp," US Soccer said in a statement on Friday.
US stock markets fall in aftermath of Genaral Soleimani assassination
Dow Jones and S&P 500 stock indexes posted their biggest losses in a month after a US assault assassinated Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, tempered only by the buoyant mood of defense and oil-related shares.
Wall Street stocks went down at the news of the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq on Friday morning.
As markets closed on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 233.92 points or 0.8 percent, in what was its biggest single-day drop in a month. The S&P 500 did not fare much better, plummeting more than 0.7 percent to close the day at 3.234.85 as renewed fears over of a large-scale conflict potentially breaking out in the Middle East soured investor mood.
Defense and aerospace shares surged, however, with Northrop Grumman (NOC) stocks rising 5.45 percent. Lockheed Martin, the maker of the beleaguered F-35 jets, saw its stocks jump 3.63 percent, their best showing in half a year. Missile-maker Raytheon also rallied at the news, adding around 1.5 percent.
Oil and gold stocks were also jubilant. Brent crude leaped 3.5 percent to over $68 a barrel, while US crude climbed 3.1 percent to reach $63.05 a barrel. The US attack drove up gold prices, too. They rose to the highest level in four months.
Surging oil prices caused air carriers to slump as well, with American Airlines losing 4.81% of its value and Delta Air Lines 1.86%, and United losing 2%.
Assassination of Genaral Soleimani not to serve US interests: Susan Rice
Former US national security adviser Susan Rice says the assassination of Iran’s senior commander Major General Qassem Soleimani does not serve the US interests and that the risks would likely outweigh the benefits.
“To my knowledge and certainly while I was national security adviser, the Obama administration was not presented with an opportunity by our intelligence community or by the US military to strike Qassem Soleimani. Had we been presented with such an opportunity, what we would have done is weighed very carefully and very deliberately the risks versus the potential rewards,” Rice said in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.
“We would have assessed all of the ways in which this could enhance our security and degrade our security and I think judging from what I know and from what we are likely to see, I think that there is real reason to believe that in all likelihood the benefits will be outweighed by the risks,” she added.
Afghan official calls Gen. Soleimani key figure in anti-Daesh fight
Afghanistan's second vice president has hailed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani as a "prominent figure" in the battle against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, saying his assassination has complicated the situation in the region.
Muhammad Sarwar Danish made the remarks in Kabul on Saturday, one day after a US drone strike near Baghdad's airport targeted Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Hashd al-Sha’abi.
The official also expressed hope that the latest developments would have no negative effects on Afghanistan's peace process, demanding all sides to exercise restraint in a bid to maintain calm in the region.
Ammar Hakim deplores US state terrorism against General Soleimani
Leader of the Iraqi National Wisdom Movement Ammar Hakim slammed assassination of Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani by US describing it as violation of Iraqi national sovereignty.
He urged the Iraqi government to take necessary measures for fighting such aggression.
Abdul Malik Al-Houthi: Blood of General Soleimani, al-Muhandis not to be wasted
Yemen Ansarullah movement's secretary-general said that the blood of the martyrs Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis will not be wasted.
"These Iranian and Iraqi martyrs are martyrs of the Islamic Ummah who strived for independence, confrontation with arrogance, the US and Israel," Abdul Malik al-Houthi said.
"God willing, their testimony and sacrifice will create tremendous impact, a major achievement, and a great victory," he stated.
Yemeni secretary-general of Yemen's Ansarullah movement emphasized: "All Muslims must unite against these crimes and know that the enemy has targeted them all and seeks dominance over the entire Islamic Ummah."
Al-Houthi referred to the axis of resistance as a shield for the Islamic Ummah against the enemy to thwart the enemy's conspiracy.
Malaysia strongly condemns US targeted assassination of General Soleimani
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, President Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organization (MAPIM) in a statement vehemently deplored US act to assassinate Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
"Gen Qassem Soleimani, assassinated by the US in an airstrike, shows the world that US a rogue nation of the worst kind," the statement reads.
"It is barbarism of the US that authorizes itself as a nation with license to kill," it added.
Jewish Community of Iran condemns US for assassinating General Soleimani
The Jewish Community of Shiraz in Southern Iran in a message on Saturday blasted the US for the assassination of the anti-terrorism commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and said that Washington’s terrorist act once again proved that regime’s brutality and villain nature.
“We admire the braveness of General Soleimani during his fight against injustice and his efforts to pave the path of God,” the message said.
Iran’s Jewish Community, meantime, extended condolences to the Iranian nation and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on General Soleimani’s martyrdom.
“Undoubtedly, many like General Soleimani by relying on the Supreme Leader’s guidelines will stand against the US to root out the arrogance in the region,” the Jewish Community stressed.
Iranian film artists condemn US assassination of General Soleimani
Over 80 of the most prominent Iranian filmmakers have signed a petition condemning US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
Among the signatories was Majid Majidi, who won several international awards including an Academy Awards nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998.
“We, the Iranian artist community from all different areas and viewpoints, condemn terrorism in all its forms," the petition said.
"New tensions escalated by the US government with the sole purpose of causing more bloodshed in the middle east, increasing arm[s] deals and destroying financial and human resources of oppressed nations is rebuked by all freedom seekers worldwide.
"We ask of all intellectuals, artist[s] and peace seekers in Iran, the region and the world to condemn this terrorist attack that led to the killing of LT. Gen Qassem Soleimani, hence denouncing in action that good or bad terrorism should not be justified without any excuse in the global scale. Terrorism is destined to fail,” it added.
Bodies of Martyr Soleimani, others killed in US airstrike arrive in Karbala
The bodies of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and other killed in a US air strike arrived in the holy city of Karbala on Saturday afternoon.
According to almaalomah.com website, the bodies are planned to be transported to the holy city of Najaf later.
Armed Forces spox: Iran will take harsh but not hasty revenge
Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi announced on Saturday that Iran will respond the US move of assassination of IRGC's Quds Force commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani but will avoid taking any hasty action.
General Shekarchi said Iran will avoid taking any hasty action but will take a tough revenge from the US, as the Iranian and regional nations besides the Leader of the Islamic Republic desire.
He reiterated that Iran will take a tough revenge from the US, as the Iranian and regional nations besides the Leader of the Islamic Republic desire.
Ayatollah Khatami: Iran’s revenge should make US regret its act of terror
Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said that all in Iran are determined to avenge Lt. Gen. Soleimani’s assassination.
All Iranian officials are determined to take revenge against the enemy, he said on Saturday while addressing a ceremony held in Qom to commemorate Lt. Gen. Soleimani who was assassinated on Friday by US terrorist forces in Baghdad.
“America has sent a message asking us to take revenge at the same level that they have done but our officials responded that we will take revenge at any level that we wish,” he added, probably pointing to the message of Washington delivered to Tehran via Switzerland after assassinating the Iranian general.
Palestinians in Gaza pay tribute to assassinated Iranian commander
Palestinians in Gaza have paid tribute to slain Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani at a memorial service.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad- which have long enjoyed support from Tehran - condemned Soleimani's killing and sent their "dearest condolences" to Iran.
The National and Islamic groups called for supporters to gather in Gaza to pay their respects, as thousands of mourners gathered in Baghdad for the funeral procession for Soleimani, Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others killed in a US airstrike on Friday, January 3, in Iraq.
Hamas said Soleimani "had a senior role in supporting Palestinian resistance in all fields." It extended "its dearest condolences to the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran at the martyrdom of Major General Qassem Soleimani."
Belarus people pay tribute to General Soleimani
A number of people in the capital city of Minsk in Belarus paid homage to Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani who was assassinated by the US in Iraq on Friday, January 3.
The Belarus people commemorated the Iranian commander by laying wreaths and bouquets of flowers at the martyrdom memorial.
Nicaragua condemns US terrorist attack
Nicaraguan government on Saturday condemned the US forces terrorist operation against IRGC's Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani and warned against the negative consequences of the attack on international peace.
According to Nicaraguan media, government of Nicaragua in a statement said that the US aggression will escalate tensions in the region.
Sympathizing with Iranian and Iraqi people, Nicaragua described Washington's crime as international terrorism.
Turkish FM expresses condolences over martyrdom of General Soleimani
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has expressed condolences over the martyrdom of the commander of IRGC Quds Force, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
In a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Turkish diplomat extended commiseration with the nation and the bereaved family of the top general.
During the talks, the Iranian and Turkish counterparts also discussed a range of other issues, including the bilateral ties as well as other regional and international developments.
Red flag raised signaling revenge for General Soleimani in Jamkaran holy mosque
Red flag was raised over Jamkaran Mosque in Iran’s Qom on Saturday, in signal of seeking revenge for the assassination of Commander of IRGC’s Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani and other martyrs who fell in the US strike which targeted Baghdad international airport early on Friday.
The red flag was raised as speakers in the mosque called: “O Allah, hasten your custodian reappearance,” referring to the reappearance of Imam Al-Mahdi (a.s.).
Trump: US will hit Iran with world's best weapons of war
US President Donald Trump has once again threatened to strike Iran “harder than they have ever been hit before” using what he called “by far the BEST in the World” military equipment.
Trump made the threat on Twitter hours after he threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites if the Iranians attempted to take retaliatory action against the US for the assassination of a senior military commander.
Trump's threats came after Iranian authorities said they would show a harsh response to the US strikes.
In his new tweets, Trump said that the US would use “brand new beautiful equipment” to hit the Islamic Republic “without hesitation.”
Outraged by president's threats, many social media users have taken to Twitter criticizing him.
Millions of Iranians pay tribute to General Soleimani in Ahvaz
The remains of top Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani and his companions arrived in Iran’s southwestern city of Ahvaz from Iraq, where they were assassinated in an American drone strike in the early hours of Friday.
A huge crowd of people attended the funeral of General Soleimani in Ahvaz on Sunday morning.
From Ahvaz, the cortege will be heading to the holy city of Mashhad in Iran’s northeast later in the day and from there to Tehran on Monday and finally to his hometown Kerman in the southeast for burial on Tuesday.
Protest held in Toronto against Iran’s General Soleimani's martyrdom
A protest gathering over the US airstrike that martyred Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq was held Saturday across the street from the US consulate in Toronto.
Omani FM condoles martyrdom of of Lt. General Soleimani
Oman's Foreign Minister in a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister expressed his condolences to Iran's government and nation over the martyrdom of the commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
During a telephone conversation on Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Omani counterpart, Yusuf bin Alawi, discussed the latest regional developments in the wake of the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
Sheikh Isa Qassim: Lt. General Soleimani's asssination lies on US bloodthirsty nature
The Senior Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim on Saturday night described the assassination of Lieutenant-General Qassem Soleimani to be originated from bloodthirsty essence of the United States.
The Senior Shia cleric, Shaikh Isa Qassim on Saturday night called the assassination of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani and his companions the result of the bloodthirsty nature of the US regime.
Speaking at the allegiance renewal ceremony to the Iranian high-ranking commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani attended by youth of 120 nationalities in the holy city of Qom on Saturday night, the senior Shia cleric added that the dignity, nobility, and independence of the resistance movement are not for sale.
While stressing the fact that the US policy is evil in nature, Sheikh Issa Qasem highlighted that Islam is the religion of unity and all of the Muslims should do their best to pave the ground for the eviction of the US troops from the region through solidarity and unity.
Army Cmdr: Trump threat to hit 52 Iran's cultural sites an attempt to justify terror attack
Commander of the Iranian Army Major-General Abdurrahim Mousavi said on Sunday that it is very unlikely that the US is brave enough to attack Iran, and that the threat to attack 52 cultural sites in Iran is to justify their terrorist attacks.
Speaking on the sidelines of commemoration of the 25th anniversary of martyrdom of Major General Mansour Sattari, General Mousavi said that the US resorted to threaten Iranian cultural heritage to justify their heinous criminal action against Iranian Commander General Soleimani and to keep their face in the international public opinion.
He added that if the US makes a move and clash with Iran, it will become clear that where the 5 and the 2 belong to.
Sheikh Naim Qassem: Path of resistance to continue vigorously
Deputy Secretary-General of Lebanese Hezbollah Sheikh Naeem Ghassem stressed on Sunday that the path of the resistance will continue with more strength.
Deputy Secretary-General of Lebanese Hezbollah Sheikh Naeem Ghassem who visited the house of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani in the Iranian capital of Tehran said that surely the route and the path of the resistance will continue with powerfully.
Having visited the house of Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani, Naeem Ghassem highlighted that the United States has taken a terrorist act out of big insanity.
Iran summons Swiss envoy over Trump's threats
Islamic Republic of Iran Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss envoy to Tehran, whose country represents US Interest Section in Iran over US President Donald Trump’s threats of targeting 52 Iranian cultural sites.
Swiss Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Markus Leitner was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Sunday to receive an official protest note regarding Donald Trump’s Saturday tweets in which the US president threatened to target 52 Iranian cultural sites.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said, “US President's hostile, threatening and abusive statements are in no way acceptable and it violates international law completely.”
Lte. General Soleimani's daughter: My dear uncle Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah will take my father's revenge
Daughter of Martyred Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani noted that her uncle Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah will take revenge for his father.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Manar, the daughter of the late Commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani stressed that "Dirty" US President Donald Trump must know that martyring his father will never wipe out the remembrance of him.
"Let the world know that Haj Qasem's martyrdom will never break us and we will eventually claim his right. I know, my dear uncle Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah will take my father's revenge," she added.
Pres. Rouhani: Americans not committed to any political, legal, moral obligation
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran stressed, "The Americans have kept their aggressive nature and have never been committed to their political, legal and moral obligations and have violated the rights of nations”.
Speaking in a phone call with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani described the martyrdom of General Qasem Soleimani an unprecedented crime by American statesmen and said, "We expect our friendly and neighbouring governments to unanimously condemn this evil, criminal act”.
The president emphasised that the United States is unreliable, adding, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has never initiated any act of aggression or even tension with the United States, and Iran's actions have always been a response to the American aggression".
170 Iraqi MPs sign draft bill to expel US military forces from country
A total of 170 Iraqi lawmakers have signed a draft bill, demanding the withdrawal of US military forces from the country in the wake of the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and the second-in-command of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
On Sunday, the legislators used a special parliamentary session to push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to press Washington to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
The lawmakers, citing Articles 59 and 109 of the Constitution and in line with their national and regulatory responsibilities as representatives to safeguard the security and sovereignty of Iraq.
Iraqi Hezbollah warns security forces to avoid approching US bases
The Kataib Hezbollah on Saturday warned the Iraqi security forces to keep a distance of one Kilometer from the US bases from Sunday evening, after the Pentagon's recent assault hit five targets of the popular forces in Iraq and Syria which resulted in the death of dozens of fighters.
The popular forces urged the Iraqi security forces in a written statement on Saturday to avoid getting close to the areas where the US military bases are located.
Abu Ali al-Askari, security leader of the KH tweeted that "brothers in the Iraqi security services must stay away from the bases of the American enemy for a distance of no less than a thousand meters, starting from Sunday evening".
"The leaders of the security services must abide by the safety rules of their fighters and not allow them to be a human shield," al-Askari warned.
Head of Islamic Seminaries massage of condolences over martyrdom of General Soleimani
Islamic Seminaries expressed condolences over the martyrdom of General Qassim Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes to Imam Al-Mahdi, the Supreme Leader grand Ayatollah Khamenei, the great Islamic authorities of Najaf and Qom, the whole Muslims and to the free people around the world.
Hawzah News Agency (Qom, Iran) – Statement released by Islamic Seminaries in the holy city of Qom:
In the name of Allah the all compassionate the most merciful
وَلَا تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِینَ قُتِلُوا فِی سَبِیلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتًا بَلْ أَحْیَاءٌ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ یُرْزَقُونَ
Do not suppose those who were slain in the way of Allah to be dead; no, they are living and provided for near their Lord.
We express our condolences over the martyrdom of the great commanders of the world of Islam General Qasim Suleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes to Imam Al-Mahdi, the Supreme Leader grand Ayatollah Khamenei, the great Islamic authorities of Najaf and Qom, the noble Islamic nations of Iran and Iraq, the whole Muslims and to the free people around the world.
The martyrdom of these commanders once again showed that the two great nations of Iran and Iraq share a common destiny therefore they will not hesitate to sacrifice their dearest commanders in order to achieve their freedom.
In contrast the cowardly crime of the US terrorist forces once again proved that the enemies do not hesitate to take any cowardly action to prevent the independence and prosperity of the nations of the region.
The martyrdom of these honorable commanders promises the defeat of the enemies and the greater dignity of Islam and Muslims in the region.
General Qasim Suleimani was a soldier and commander of the beloved Islam, the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian nation, who was after the dignity, identity and Islamic civilization, stood up against terrorism, defended the great Iraqi and Iranian nations, and ultimately achieved the great divine reward of martyrdom.
The enemies of Islam, Iran, Iraq and the Islamic Ummah have to know that the martyrdom of General Qasim Suleimain and Hajj Abu Mahdi are hard and painful, but their path will be continued with pride.
Islamic seminaries in the holy city of Qom, while condolences the martyrdom of these dear martyrs, have emphasized continuing their path to the abolition of falsehood and the victory of the truth, and believe that the Islamic warriors will severely respond to this crime.
Head of Islamic seminaries
The holy city of Qom
Velayati: Iran to take revenge for Gen. Soleimani's blood
Ali Akbar Velayati, the Senior Advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Sunday extended his condolences by participating at the house of Lieutenant- General Martyr Qasem Soleimani where he said "Without any doubt, the blood of Gen. Soleimani will be retaliated and the Americans will be hit from the point where they cannot imagine."
Ali Akbar Velayati had previously said that the United States destroyed the bridges behind by assassinating Gen. Soleimani and no longer have a place in the region, and it would be regretful what has done and the time would come that the blood of this great commander of Islam will be avenged.
On the sideline of a meeting with the family of Gen. Martyr Soleimani, he told reporters when asked what the secret of Soleimani's dignity was, he answered in the first place was his faith and devotion and piety.
Millions of Iranians take part in funeral procession of Gen. Soleimani in Mashhad
Millions of Iranians in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi, walked into the streets of the northeastern city of Iran, to commemorate and mourn the martyrdom of the late Commander of Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani.
All Mashhad has turned black with a dense presence of the people from all walks of life carrying martyred Lieutenant General Soleimani images in their hands at the colossal funeral ceremony.
Showing their clamor and anger against the US, the people also chant anti-US and anti-Isreali regimes slogans.
American protesters condemn assassination of Major General Soleimani
Protesters in Washington and other US cities took to the streets to condemn assassination of Major General Soleimani in Iraq.
Sayyed Nasrallah: Martyrdom of Lt. Gen Soleimani marks new phase in Middle East
Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that the day of the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani marks a new phase in the Middle East history.
He made the remarks on Sunday evening at the Sayyed al-Shohada Assembly in the southern district of Beirut on the magnificent ceremony and commemoration of the former commander of the Quds Force, along with thousands of his supporters as well as religious leaders, political figures, media and parliamentarians and ministers of the interim Lebanese government.
Condemning the US terrorist act, Nasrallah noted that Haj Qasem Soleimani achieved his greatest goal of being a martyr because his martyrdom was a dream of his youth days.
Hezbollah secretary-general said that January 2, 2020, the day of the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, commander of Iraqi Popular Forces (al-Hashed al-Sha’abi), is a unique date not only for Iran and Iraq but for the entire Middle East region and today's glorious ceremony was held in the southern district of Beirut to commemorate the two great regional and global commanders.
Haj Qasem Soleimani spent many nights in Syria crying and telling me that his heartbeats to meet God, he added. "I extend my condolences to his wife and his children saying: Your father achieved his wish and love and joined his martyr friends.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also extended his condolences to the Abu Mahdi family, noting that Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis met with me 2 months ago and said that the ISIS war is over and my friends are martyred and pray for me for martyrdom.
Hezbollah's secretary-general made the remark that the operation was ordered by US President Donald Trump and he confessed to this blatant crime. Therefore, there is no doubt about the terrorist and criminal nature of these operations.
According to Hezbollah Secretary-General, the reason for the US blatant and terrorist operations in Baghdad is the failure of its previous attempts to assassinate it secretly. Not long ago in Kerman, eastern Iran, security forces arrested a group whose plot was to assassinate Soleimani. However, Trump was forced to order his assassination in public.
Nasrallah noted that after three years of Trump’s election as president, he and his rivals know that there is nothing but defeat in his foreign and Middle East policy record.
He said Trump's big goal was to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran or at least bring it to its knees and a new agreement on various issues. So it imposed heavy sanctions on the country and relied on economic pressure. However, Trump cannot now say that he has defeated Iran, nor can he say that his pressures have worked.
Hezbollah's secretary-general highlighted that the US program in Syria also failed and the last act of Trump's betrayal was over the Kurds and Kurdish regions and announcement of withdrawal of troops from these areas. Part of his remaining force is to steal oil from those areas.
Trump's attempt to provoke the Lebanese against each other has also failed, he said. During their trips to Beirut, US officials threatened Lebanese officials that they would sanction if it did not dismantle the resistance centers in Bekaa, and Israel would bomb Lebanon.
Ayatollah Sistani condoles with Imam Khamenei on General Soleimani's martyrdom
Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has expressed his deepest condolences over the martyrdom of Lt. Gen. Soleimani to Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei.
He also extended his condolences to the Iranian people, especially the people of Kerman.
In a message on Sunday, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani added that “the unique role of martyr Soleimani during the years of fighting with the elements of ISIL in Iraq, as well as the many hardships he suffered in this regard, will not be forgotten.”
Iranians bid farewell to General Soleimani in Tehran
Millions of Iranians have packed the streets of Tehran to bid farewell to the Iranian anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, who was martyred by US terrorists in Baghdad on Friday.
Hundreds of thousands of people, chanting "Death to America and "Death to Israel," are holding the funeral processions for the commander and his companions in the capital city.
Imam Khamenei to lead prayer for body of Martyr General Soleimani
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday will lead mass prayers for the beloved Martyr Lieutenant-General Qasem Soleimani.
The funeral procession will start this morning at Tehran University.
Heads of the three branches of the government, members of the Expediency Council, cabinet members, president's deputies, Members of Parliament, senior Iranian military commanders, Friday prayers leaders, provincial officials and a huge number of Iranians from all walks of life attended the ceremony.
General Soleimani's daughter says his father devoted his life to serve country
Zeinab Soleimani, the daughter of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani said on Monday that his father devoted his life to serve the country.
Speaking in the funeral procession of the martyr, Zeinab Soleimani said that the late General had been engaged in combat with enemies of the country for 40 years.
My father was longing for martyrdom, she said adding the General was proud of being the soldier of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
He had scared the Takfiri groups, tyrants as well as the oppressors to death, she underlined.
She said that even the name of Qassem Soleimani is frightening the den of the Zionist regime.
She rebuked US President Donald Trump for ordering the assassination, saying that the US is accountable for state terrorism by targeted airstrike against Iranian Commander.
Foreign diplomats take part in General Soleimani funeral in Tehran
A number of foreign ambassadors to Tehran took part in the funeral procession of Iranian Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani assassinated by US targeted airstrike in Baghdad.
According to Iran Foreign Ministry media department, Ambassadors of Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine, Oman, Azerbaijan and Iraq were among the Tehran-based diplomatic corps attending the funeral.
Ismail Haniyeh: World must condemn assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani
Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas said that the whole world must condemn assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
He made the remarks in the funeral procession of martyr Gen. Soleimani in Tehran on Mon. and added, “dear brothers and sisters, the noble martyr-fostering nation of Islamic Iran, I salute to all of you.”
“We are here to express our heartfelt condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the family of Gen. Soleimani and also flagbearers of resistance against malicious plots of the Zionist regime and the United States,” Haniyeh stated.
“All of us declare that the brutal crime that the United States has committed in assassinating Gen. Soleimani and his companions show their criminal nature. The US government spared no effort and committed all crimes and bloodshed in the occupied Palestinian land and territory.”
So, it is deserved that the whole people throughout the world should strongly condemn US terrorist act and call for punishment of perpetrators of this heinous act, Hamas political leader emphasized.
“I declare that the project of resistance will continue in the Palestinian land and territory strongly and will not be weakened,” he said, adding that such assassinations will double our perseverance to continue the right path of resistance.