By Muhammad Abdul Maalik Kalema
On the 3rd of Jan 2022, the world commemorated the life, activities, achievements and legacies of an international freedom fighter, Diplomat, Father, Husband and Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Quds Force, and the Late Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
According Seraj Afriqiyah Mission, Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian General who at all times, during his military service decided to work for Unity, Peace and Stability in Iran, neighbors and other parts of the world.
Soleimani despite his commitments and the beautiful sweet fruits from his activity was seen as a big threat to the American interests in the Middle East, and Israel’s Zionist regime.
The masses of the Resistance Movements in the region shall be commemorating the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Qasem Soleimani and his companion Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
General Soleimani played a major transnational role across borders and sectarian lines to unite the resistance movements in the region to enable them to confront the vicious plans of the USA, Zionists to divide and control the countries of the region.
We have to emphasize and remind the whole world of the nature of this cowardly act by the USA, the Zionist colonial regime.
The assassination in its nature was an intentional and deliberate crime, a violation of International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. It was also a violation of the Sovereignty of the State of Iraq, which is a member of the United Nations.
The Iranian government has every right to take this matter to the ICC against the three countries who were involved in this crime and to the UN Security Council.Why Did the USA Assassinate General Soleimani?
First of all, General Soleimani was a leader in the Revolutionary Guard, then the General Commander of its Al Quds Force, which by its name considered by the USA as a threat to the Israel in occupied Palestine, their military base in the area.
Second, for his extraordinary role in assisting the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, who was at war with the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon and was able to liberate the South in the May of 2000 with the great help of Iran and Soleimani.
He continued to assist through the 2006 Israeli aggression against Lebanon until his assassination. Today, the Lebanese resistance movement has advanced its military and logistic capabilities by almost 100 times since 2000 and 2006.
The third is General Soleimani’s role in promoting the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip without any factional or sectarian discrimination.
His strategy was to work with all Islamic and secular resistance organizations who share the ability and fit to fight a long-term struggle against the Israeli occupation, “the absolute evil”, as described by him, until liberation and independence.
It was General Soleimani who took the decision with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to negotiate with President Bashar Al Assad to provide the Palestinian resistance with Cornet missiles and he took responsibility to deliver them to Gaza in 2005 which was the cornerstone in deterring military aggression. He transformed the Palestinian resistance to an advanced level.
Fourth, General Soleimani played a great military role in the joint operation room against FSA, ISIS, and Jabhat al-Nusra through the 10 years of the terrorist war against Syria. He fought hand in hand with the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah fighters, provided them with training, ammunition, and supplies.
Fifth, General Soleimani also played a great role in assisting the Iraqi resistance movement regardless of their religious or political backgrounds. He helped unite the different groups under one umbrella: the popular brigades (Hashd al-Shaabi). He provided them with training, ammunition, supplies, and logistics. He was a good companion with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy leader of Hashd al-Shaabi, and worked with him hand in hand in the different fronts in Iraq until they defeated ISIS.
General Soleimani’s legacy of uniting the resistance movements in the region from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and most importantly uniting the resistance forces in Gaza, the front line against the Israel regime.
According Seraj Afriqiyah Mission the general was a man of ethics, principles, and passion; an exceptional military general with strategic thinking and diplomatic skills. He was assassinated while he was on a diplomatic mission. His assassination is a great loss for the axis of resistance and humanity but marks the defeat of the U.S. hegemony and aggression era.
Despite Soleimani’s death, Washington hasn’t reaped any from the region, rather things going into negatives on their side.
Washington on the later of Soleimani assassination has come up with such programs to ‘pull-down’ the Islamic Republic of Iran but all in vain, that is, the deliberate pull-out from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA 2015), declaration of maximum pressure policy, employment of noble corona virus as a maximum pressure policy tool through denial of access to aid despite critical surge in cases.
Amidst, Iran has been able to domestically produce own Barakaat vaccine, expansion of the uranium enrichment to over 15% and as of today, Washington is finding itself on the knees so as to be brought back to the nuclear deal, as Tehran prioritizes lifting of all illegal sanctions imposed.