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Iran: General Soleimani unmasked US, Israel; expanded authority of regional resistance

Martyr General Qassem Soleimani, former chief of IRGC's Quds Force. (File Photo)

Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh says the resistance front has expanded its authority, power and its geography thanks to the sacrifices made by Iran’s late anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani.

Nasirzadeh made the remarks on Tuesday ahead of fourth martyrdom anniversary of General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) who was assassinated in a US drone strike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on January 3, 2020.

Pointing to the legendary commander’s role in the revival of the resistance front, Nasirzadeh said, “Martyr Soleimani expanded the geography of resistance at the regional level and made the resistance front self-sufficient.”

Stressing that the resistance front’s power, self-sufficiency and self-reliance result from the top Iranian anti-terror commander’s efforts, Nasirzadeh said, “The expansion of the geography of resistance is beholden to the sacrifices of Martyr Soleimani, and the result of the Palestinian resistance will definitely be the liberation of occupied al-Quds.”

He also touched upon the latest developments in Palestine and underlined that the Palestinian resistance forces’ equipment is “fully indigenous.”

“The Palestinian resistance forces are self-sufficient in terms of weapons and equipment and have been able to defeat the criminal Zionists,” Nasirzadeh added.

‘Gen. Soleimani saw through true face of US, Israel’

Hossein Nejat, deputy head of the IRGC’s Sarallah Base, also praised General Soleimani’s insightfulness, saying the top commander “saw through the true face” of the United States, the Israeli regime and Europe.

“Westerners have two faces,” Nejat said. “One is the ornate face of those who consider themselves supporters of democracy, human rights and progress, and the other is their true face, which we see today in Gaza.”

The IRGC commander pointed to the ongoing Israeli crimes against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, saying the heads of Western governments have officially supported a child-killing regime so far and there is no mention of human rights and children’s rights on their behalf.

“This is while in the past 100 years, every war that broke out across the world was by the US and Europe, and they have killed about 500 million people in this period,” he added.

Nejat stressed that the United States, Europe and Israel have created terrorist groups across the world.

General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions were assassinated in a US drone strike authorized by then-US 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.

In less than a week after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that required the government to expel all US-led foreign forces from the country.

The IRGC also 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 of General Soleimani.

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