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US views Gen. Soleimani as key factor behind its 21st century defeats: Senior IRGC commander

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
An Iranian man holds a pin with a portrait of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani during a ceremony in the capital, Tehran, on January 3, 2022, commemorating the second anniversary of his martyrdom. (Photo by AFP)

A ranking Iranian commander explains why the US assassinated Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, not in the battlefield but in a targeted drone strike on his convoy in Iraq, saying the Americans see the iconic anti-terror figure as the main factor behind the defeats it has suffered over the past two decades.

The US breached international norms to assassinate General Soleimani since it used to view the heroic personality as “the key factor behind America’s failure in the 21st century to take hold of the world’s leadership,” Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)’s deputy commander for political affairs, said during an event on Tuesday.

The world’s “leadership” means all nations, countries and powers should accept that America is the boss and place the management of global affairs in Washington’s hands, he explained.

Washington sought to start realizing the ambition by subjugating the Middle East region to its will first, Javani noted.

General Soleimani successfully commanded over the IRGC’s Quds Force for more than two decades, 18 years of which was concurrent with the time when Washington was trying to implement the plan in the region, he said.

The remarks came a day after the Islamic Republic marked the second anniversary of General Soleimani’s martyrdom.

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