Iran will not give up on its cause to avenge Major General Qassem Soleimani, a senior military commander killed by the US in 2020, even if Washington offers to lift its sanctions, a top official with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has said.
Soleimani was assassinated on January 3, 2020 in a drone strike on the orders of then-US President Donald Trump. Iran retaliated by launching missiles at two bases in Iraq that were housing American troops, and sanctioning five dozen American officials deemed responsible for the general’s murder.
“The enemy keeps sending messages that if we give up on avenging Soleimani, they will give us some concessions or lift some sanctions,” IRGC Navy Commander Alireza Tangsiri said on Thursday.
“This is pure fantasy. The Supreme Leader has emphasized the need for revenge and the Revolutionary Guards’ top commander has said that revenge is inevitable and that we will choose the time and place for it.”
In an interview with RT in January, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said he sincerely meant that the killers of General Qassem Soleimani have to face a proper international trial, calling the slain general a hero of the entire Muslim world for fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Iraq and Syria.