Senior officials visit Lieutenant General Soleimani’s family

January 4, 2020 - 19:55

TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a number of other top officials visited the family of Lieutenant General Soleimani who was assassinated in a United States’ airstrike in Baghdad on Friday morning.

In his visit late on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Lieutenant General Soleimani had no fear on the path of God and jihad.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Soleimani was martyred by the “most vicious individuals in the world,” a clear reference to the White House officials.

On Saturday, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Mohammad Reza Aref, head of the Hope parliamentary faction, also visited the family of the lieutenant general.

Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr also visited the family of the martyred general.

‘Iran will surely avenge Soleimani’s assassination’

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will definitely take revenge on the U.S. for assassinating Soleimani.

“Vengeance for martyring General Soleimani is an inalienable right for the Iranian people,” Rouhani said while meeting Soleimani’s family on Saturday morning, Mehr reported.

He offered condolences to Soleimani’s family for their loss, but also congratulated them for the top general’s martyrdom.

Rouhani said not only the Iranian nation but also all Muslims and free-hearted people of the world are mourning the loss of the honorable martyr.

“People know the dimensions of his jihad and sacrifices but his actions and major measures should be elucidated for the world,” he said.

“This honorable martyr’s services aimed at providing security for the country, the region, especially for the people of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan, is unforgettable,” the president added.

Soleimani was martyred in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday morning.

The U.S. airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) and some other forces of the PMU along with their guests.

The Pentagon had announced earlier that General Soleimani was killed on Donald Trump’s order.

According to the New York Times, the top Iranian general was killed when an American MQ-9 Reaper drone fired missiles into a convoy that was leaving the airport.

The strike was a serious escalation of Trump’s growing confrontation with Tehran, which began almost a week ago when U.S. forces conducted drone strikes on locations of the PMU forces in Iraq, killing at least 25 individuals and leaving another 51 injured.

The attacks came in response to alleged attacks targeting American forces.

In his remarks, Rouhani said the crime committed by the U.S. will not be forgiven by Iranians.

“The Americans did not realize what a grave mistake they made,” he said. “They will see the consequences of this heinous act not only today but also in years to come.”

NA/MH/PA

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