US Seeks to Assassinate General Soleimani:
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan
Firouzabadi warned that the US is planning to assassinate Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Major
General Qassem Soleimani.
“The Americans are desperate to hit General Soleimani to make
them feel better about themselves,” Firouzabadi told reporters in
Tehran on Thursday.
He however maintained that maximum security measures are in
place to protect the Iranian commander from such threats, who
knows how to organize his forces, launch offensives against terrorists, and earn results.
General Soleimani, himself, had said last November that he
expected martyrdom as he laughed at rumors about his well-being.
Speaking in an interview with the Arabi-language al-Waqt news
and analysis website, General Soleimani referred to the killing of
Iran’s former ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi during the
recent stampede in Saudi Arabia whose body was identified after
DNA tests and repatriated to Tehran last week, and said his
martyrdom in Mecca while fulfilling pilgrimage was a glorious end
He described Roknabadi as a revolutionary figure, and said,
“Roknabadi played an important role in safeguarding Lebanon’s
integrity against the Zionist regime’s savage bombings during the
33-day war in summer 2006.”
Asked about rumors about his injury or death in Syria spread by
the terrorist groups and the Zionist media, General Soleimani said,
“This is what I have been looking for in all plains and mountains.”
Syrian terrorists claimed in November that they had killed Iranian
Qods chief, the commander of Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria,
Gen. Qassem Soleiman, in the fighting East of Aleppo. Their claim
was not confirmed by any other source.
The Israeli Debka file also released the terrorists’ rumor, claiming
that they struck his car with a TOW missile.
But a well-placed source in the Iranian IRGC strongly rejected the
rumors as “ridiculous”, stressing that “the brave commander is
alive and safe”.
“General Soleimani is alive and safe,” the source said after terrorist
groups and an Israeli website claimed that the Iranian major
general has been killed in Aleppo in Northern Syria.
“Such rumors have been spread by the terrorists due to the heavy
blows that they have received from the Syrian forces led by the
Iranian military advisors in different parts of Syria in the past two
months and given General Soleimani’s key role in their defeats,” he
The source declined to mention where General Soleimani is
stationed now, and stressed, “His whereabouts is always a top
secret and only his team and a few top commanders who stand
atop the chain of command know his real-time location.”