The Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Mohammad Pakpour, on Wednesday said that the “killing of all American leaders” would not be enough to avenge the US assassination of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ top commander Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani was killed in January 2020 by the US drone attack while on a visit to Iraq and since then Iran vowed a crushing revenge on all those responsible for his assassination.
The Pentagon at that time said that the US military had taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Soleimani.
Soleimani was the long-time commander of the Quds Forces, an arm of its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) which has been a designated terror group in the US since 2007. The group is estimated to have 20,000 members.
“Martyr Soleimani was such a great character that if all American leaders are killed, this will still not avenge his assassination,” Reuters quoted senior commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Mohammad Pakpour, citing Iranian state media.
“We should avenge him by following Soleimani’s path and through other methods.”
Pakpour’s comments came days after US Army General Mark Milley had earlier said that he does not support removing Iran’s Quds Force from a list of foreign terrorist organizations.
“I believe the IRGC Quds Force to be a terrorist organization and I do not support them being delisted,” General Milley added.
Reportedly, the US has been considering removing the IRGC from its foreign terrorist organization blacklist in return for Iranian assurances about reining in the elite force’s influence in the Middle East .
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