The statue was erected to ‘honor’ Soleimani, the top Iranian terror operative killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump.
A statue of the Iranian terror mastermind Qassem Soleimani was set on fire by unidentified locals just hours after it was unveiled in southwestern Iran, the regime-run media reports confirmed.
The statue was erected to mark the second death anniversary of Soleimani, the head the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-Al Quds Force, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad ordered by President Donald Trump.
“The statue of Soleimani had just been unveiled on Wednesday morning. The six-meter tall statue was worth about 150 million Tomans or about $35,500,” The Jerusalem Post reported quoting the Iranian state media.
A leading local Mullah compared the incident to the 202o drone strike that killed the top Iranian terror operative. “This treacherous crime was carried out in darkness, just like the other crime committed at night at Baghdad airport,” when Soleimani was killed, senior Muslim cleric Mohammad Ali Nekounam said in a statement carried by ISNA,” the Voice of America reported.
The Times of Israel reported:
A statue erected to honor slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani has been torched by unknown assailants hours after it was unveiled, Iranian media reported Thursday.
Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was killed on January 3, 2020 in Iraq in a United States drone strike at Baghdad airport along with his Iraqi lieutenant and others.
On Wednesday morning, a statue to honor him was unveiled in the southwestern Iranian city of Shahrekord.
But in the evening it was set on fire, ISNA news agency said, calling it a “shameful act by unknown individuals.”
“This treacherous crime was carried out in darkness, just like the other crime committed at night at Baghdad airport,” when Soleimani was killed, senior Muslim cleric Mohammad Ali Nekounam said in a statement carried by ISNA.
Both the IRGC and its foreign arm, Al Quds Force, are U.S.-designated terrorist organizations. According to the Pentagon, Soleimani was directly responsible for killing hundreds of U.S. military personnel in Iraq and was plotting an imminent attack on American diplomats and troops when President Trump ordered the strike. “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” President Trump disclosed following the strike.
The Iranian regime marked Soleimani’s second death anniversary by threatening to take ‘revenge’ if former U.S. President Trump and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are not put in trial in accordance with the Islamic Law. “If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi declared on Monday.
The anniversary was also marked with a wave of anti-American demonstrations organized by the Iranian regime and its proxies across the Middle East. “Chanting ‘Death to America,’ the marchers filled a Baghdad square to honour Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani,” Al Jazeera reported last week. “US and Israeli flags were strewn on the ground, with people trampling them.”
By setting the statue on fire, the Iranian dissidents have shown better moral judgement than the U.S. mainstream media and leading Democrats, who vehemently attacked President Trump for killing the terrorist operative who had the blood of American soldiers on his hands.
The Biden White House continues to display the same bad judgement as it tries to appease and coax the Mullahs into restoring the Obama-era nuclear deal. As Biden’s negotiators hold talks with the Iranians in Austria, Tehran displayed its advanced ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. “Iran displayed three ballistic missiles at an outdoor prayer esplanade in central Tehran on Friday as talks in Vienna aimed at reviving Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers flounder,” the Associated Press reported Friday.
Iran’s nuclear weapons program isn’t far behind. The regime is currently enriching near-weapons grade uranium, the key component needed for an atomic bomb, the UN nuclear agency IAEA confirmed.
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