By Mohammad Homaeefar

Iran’s Soleimani declares promised fall of ISIS

November 21, 2017 - 22:12

TEHRAN – In a message to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published on Sepah News website on Tuesday, Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, declared the end of Daesh (ISIS).

The announcement comes as the Iraqi and Syrian armies, backed by popular forces and Iranian military advisors, managed to flush Daesh militants out of their last strongholds in both countries, declaring victory over the terrorist group.

Soleimani, who has been at frontline positions in battles against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, thanked Ayatollah Khamenei’s wise leadership, the sacrifices of Iraqi and Syrian people and governments as well as the defenders of the shrine for their courageous fight against the terrorist group.

Speaking to the Tehran Times, Altaf Ahmad, Press TV’s warzone correspondent, expressed joy over the magical turns of events that led to the victory, saying General Soleimani “kept his promise for Hojaji”.

Mohsen Hojaji, an Iranian military adviser in Syria, was beheaded by Daesh militants after he was captured by the militants back in August. Daesh published a video of the capture of Hojaji which went viral in social media. The fallen soldier soon became a symbol of courage for his calm expressions while an “anxious-looking” Daesh soldier was holding him with a knife at hand.

In a message after Hojaji’s martyrdom, Soleimani said Iran will exact a terrible revenge against Daesh.

“After the very heartbreaking martyrdom of Mosen Hojaji, I said that the rules of the game had changed, that Mr. Soleimani is going to press fast forward on Daesh’s lifespan and that he’s going to crush the Takfiris as soon as possible,” Ms. Ahmad said.

“This is the vow of Qassem Soleimani,” she said, adding that operations are still ongoing until each and every Daesh militant is “hunted down”.

General Soleimani also thanked Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah and Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, for their “decisive role” in the fight against Daesh.

The commander said Daesh was a dangerous fitna (source of discord) which was “dipped in the poison of Zionism” against the Muslim Ummah in order to create conflicts in the Muslim world.

In this fitna, he said, Daesh committed horrendous crimes, including beheading children, skinning men alive before their families, enslaving innocent girls and women and raping them, burning people alive and killing hundreds of young people en masse.

The onslaught displaced millions of people and destroyed thousands of mosques and religious centers, he added.

Speaking to the Tehran Times, Catherine Shakdam, a Middle East commentator, said, “Today, as predicted by both General Qassem Soleimani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Daesh has been defeated, Western capitals have been exposed, and the people have risen to oppose oppression.”

Hours after General Soleimani’s letter, the issue was brought up by President Hassan Rouhani while speaking at a gathering in Tehran.

Rouhani congratulated the Leader over the defeat of Daesh and thanked the people of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Lebanon for their sacrifices in the fight against the terrorist group.

He also slammed “world powers and certain reactionary states in the region” for funding and arming Daesh and other terrorist groups.

“It is impossible today to deny the crucial role Iran played in pushing back against Wahhabi-inspired terrorism, in both Syria and Iraq, despite what Western capitals and Saudi Arabia would like the world to believe,” Ms. Shakdam said.

“Iran has been not only instrumental in military empowerment of Iraq's military but pivotal to the formulation of a grand transnational resistance movement in the Greater Levant,” she added.


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