Assad Highlights Gen. Soleimani Role in Foiling West’s Strategy of Sowing Division

Assad Highlights Gen. Soleimani Role in Foiling West’s Strategy of Sowing Division

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the late Iranian Commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani foiled the US strategy of sowing division and sedition in the region.

“During every mission, Martyr Soleimani endeavored to destroy the pillars of the American strategy to sow discord and foment sedition” Assad said in a message, which was read out by his media advisor, Buthaina Shaaban, at a ceremony held in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the assassination of General Soleimani and his companions in a US drone strike outside Baghdad International Airport.

In the message, Assad noted that the assassinated commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani threatened the "interests of Washington and its allies in the region,” adding that enemies were aware of General Soleimani’s threat to their criminal projects, SANA reported.

“Martyr Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were the cornerstone of confronting the enemies," the Syrian president said, stressing that the enemies were afraid of Soleimani turning into a model in the region and across the world.

Emphasizing that the United States committed a crime that indicated its fear of the spread of General Soleimani's model, Assad said, "We must remain loyal to Soleimani's approach and work to strengthen cooperation between Syria and Iran."

For his part, Iranian Ambassador in Damascus, Mehdi Sobhani, said that the name of the resistance axis has been closely linked and mixed with the name of Qassem Soleimani, adding “Iran has been able to confront the US hegemony and policies.”

General Soleimani and his Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were martyred along with their companions in a US drone strike authorized by ex-President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

Both commanders were highly revered across the Middle East because of their key role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

Five days after the heinous crime, in a military operation codenamed Operation Martyr Soleimani, the IRGC launched a volley of ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s western province of Anbar.

Iran said missile strike was only a “first slap” in its process of taking “hard revenge” and that it would not rest under the US military leaves the Middle East in disgrace.


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