Top Hezbollah Official: General Qassem Soleimani Martyr of Islam, Resistance
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that Iran’s anti-terror and IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was the martyr of the Islamic world and resistance.
“General Soleimani is the martyr of the Muslim World and the centerpiece of resistance,” Sheikh Qassem wrote in an article published in the Arabic-language Al-Ahd newspaper.
He pointed out that General Soleimani was an experienced commander who carefully planned the battle and acted successfully in operation against the enemies and terrorists.
Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
The airstrike also martyred deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
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Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport. On January 8 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani. Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army’s central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare. The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of the “Martyr Soleimani” reprisal operation.