05 January 2020 - 10:25
News ID: 448369
The Jewish Community of Shiraz in Southern Iran in a message on Saturday blasted the US for the assassination of the anti-terrorism commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and said that Washington’s terrorist act once again proved that regime’s brutality and villain nature.

RNA - “We admire the braveness of General Soleimani during his fight against injustice and his efforts to pave the path of God,” the message said.  

Iran’s Jewish Community, meantime, extended condolences to the Iranian nation and Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on General Soleimani’s martyrdom.

“Undoubtedly, many like General Soleimani by relying on the Supreme Leader’s guidelines will stand against the US to root out the arrogance in the region,” the Jewish Community stressed.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was martyred in a targeted assassination attack by US aircraft at Baghdad International Airport early on Friday morning.

"General Qassem Soleimani has been martyred by the US helicopters after lifetime efforts," the IRGC said in a statement early Friday morning.

The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi. The PMF media arm said the two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

A PMF official said seven people were martyred by missiles fired by the US helicopters at Baghdad International Airport.

He said the dead included the PMF airport protocol officer, Mohammed Reda.

The Pentagon confirmed the attack in a statement.

The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. On Wednesday President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East.

According to Fars News Agency, US officials earlier suggested they were to engage in further retaliatory attacks in Iraq.

The developments also represent a major downturn in Iraq-US relations that could further undermine US influence in the region and American troops in Iraq and weaken Washington’s hand in its pressure campaign against Iran.

US President Donald Trump was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.

The attack represents a dramatic escalation by the US toward Iran after months of tensions. The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the US from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.


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