The leader of Iraq’s Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq resistance group says former US president Donald Trump will pay dearly for the assassination of anti-terror champions General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Qais al-Khazali made the remarks at a ceremony in commemoration of the two revered commanders and their companions in the capital Baghdad.
“We declare our full allegiance that we will definitely take revenge for the blood of our fallen commanders and martyrs. We will not shy away from telling and exposing the truth,” Khazali said.
“It is high time we knew perfectly well about circumstances surrounding the assassination,” the senior Iraqi politician pointed out.
PMU head: Trump will be hurled into dustbin of history soon
The chairman of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) also said the enemies made grave miscalculations as to General Soleimani’s assassination, and the huge funeral processions held for the commander clearly showed his immense popularity.
“The participation of millions of people in General Soleimani’s funeral revealed that he holds a high status in people’s hearts. Although Donald Trump has orchestrated the crime of his targeted killing, it would not take long for the former US president to be thrown into the dustbin of history,” Falih al-Fayyadh said.
Nujaba: Vengeance awaits American occupiers, mercenaries
Iraq’s anti-terror Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement also said the group will continue to retaliate over the assassination, irrespective of US occupation forces’ futile attempts to conceal their losses in the aftermath of the targeted killings.
“We will never stop short of avenging the assassination of Gen. Soleimani and Muhandis. American occupiers and their mercenaries have been trying to cover up the extent of their losses through various means of deception in order to maintain their status,” the movement said in a statement.
“The world public opinion has, however, been informed of the enemy’s defeats as truth will out. We will never rest idle and will brandish the flag of revenge until all US military forces are withdrawn from the West Asia region,” it added.
Kata’ib Hezbollah: Culprits will pay heavy price
Furthermore, the Iraqi anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah movement said all culprits behind the assassination will sooner or later have to pay a price for their horrendous criminal act.
“Friends and foes should know that the cost of assassinating the anti-terror commanders and their comrades would be very high. Enemies will sooner or later have to bear the brunt, and the least cost for them would be to pack up and completely pull out of West Asia,” Abu Hussain al-Hamidawi, the secretary general of the group, which is part of the PMU, said.
General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of the PMU, and their companions were assassinated in a US drone strike authorized by Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that required the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the US in the country.
Both anti-terror 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.
On January 8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the US-run Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar with a wave of missile attacks in retaliation for the assassination.
The Pentagon later said that more than 100 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base.
Iran has described the missile attack on Ain al-Assad as a “first slap”.
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