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January 3, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8458

From The MEMRI Archives: Reports And Clips On IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani

January 3, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8458
The following is a selection of MEMRI TV clips and MEMRI reports on the late IRGC Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani, from the MEMRI archives.   MEMRI TV Clips Clip No. 7526: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: We Have Created 'Territorial Continuity' for the Islamic Resistance by Connecting Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, October 7, 2019 Clip No. 7482: IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qassem Soleimani Posts Video after Attacks in Abqaiq and Khurais: We Are the Nation of Martyrdom; Iraqi PMU, Yemeni Ansar Allah Are Following Imam Hussein’s Path, September 14, 2019 Clip No. 7044: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: Wahhabism Is American Islam with Jewish Roots, February 21, 2019 Clip No. 6691: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: Trump's Rhetoric Is That of a Casino; You May Start the War, But We Will Determine Its End, July 26, 2018 Clip No. 6434: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: The Blood of Imad Mughniyah Will Be Avenged by the Uprooting of the Child-Killing Zionist Regime, February 15, 2018 Clip No. 6428: IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: Arab Countries with Ties to America Have Become Like Beggars; Iran Uprooted ISIS in the Service of Humanity, February 11, 2018 Clip No. 6393: Iraqi Official Hamid Al-Husseini: The Goal of the Resistance is to Preserve the Current Regimes; The Factions in Palestine Are Under the Command of Qassem Soleimani, December 18, 2017 Clip No. 6338: Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar: Qassem Soleimani Contacted Us, Pledged to Place IRGC Capabilities at Our Disposal, December 25, 2017 Clip No. 6291: Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani: Americans Are Cowards, Brought Diapers for Their Soldiers in Iraq, November 26, 2017 Clip No. 5908: In Iranian Animated Feature Film, IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani Directs Battle against U.S. Forces in the Gulf, January 1, 2015 to February 26, 2017 Clip No. 5687: Iranian Dissident Mehdi Khazali Criticizes Iran's Qods Force Involvement in Syria: Soleimani's Mismanagement Destroyed Syria, September 10, 2016   MEMRI Reports Special Dispatch No. 5877: Iranian Campaign Touts IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani As 'Savior Of Iraq'; Soleimani: Iran Has Thousands Of Organizations Like Hizbullah; I Pray To Die A Martyr, November 10, 2014 Special Dispatch No. 5716: IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani: 'War Is A Grand School For Love, Morals, [And] Loyalty', April 20, 2014 Special Dispatch No. 6699: Prominent Iranian Dissident Mehdi Khazali: Iran's Strategy, Policy In Syria Is Qods Force Adventurism Led By Qassem Soleimani – And It Is Wrong, December 2, 2016 Special Dispatch No. 6611: Iranian General Discusses Shi'ite Liberation Army Under Command Of Qassem Soleimani, Who Is Subordinate To Supreme Leader Khamenei, September 15, 2016 Inquiry & Analysis No. 1242: Syria Regime Establishing Popular Armed Militias Modeled On Iranian Basij, April 25, 2016 Special Dispatch No. 6848: In Interview On Iranian News Website Close To IRGC, Iraqi President 'Lauds Iran's Timely Support, Backs [IRGC Commander] Gen. Soleimani', March 28, 2017 Special Dispatch No. 5483: Senior Iranian Officials, Representatives Of Iran's Proxies Console Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani At His Mother's Funeral, October 17, 2013 Special Dispatch No. 5429: Iran: If Syria Is Attacked, It Will Strike U.S., Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, As Well As E.U. Interests; Israel Will Be Destroyed, August 31, 2013

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Head Of Asa'ib Ahl Al-Haq Militia: The Punishment For Killing Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis Will Be The Complete Elimination Of The American Military Presence In Iraq

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The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. Responding to the death of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy-head of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who were killed January 2, 2020 by missiles fired at their vehicle,  Sheikh Qais Khaz'ali, heads of the Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq militia, threatened that the price for the death of Al-Muhandis would be the complete expulsion of the Americans from Iraq, and that the price of Soleimani's death would be the complete demise of Israel. In a handwritten statement published by Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq several hours after the assassination, Khaz'ali, who is designated as a terrorist by the U.S., called on the mujahideen to "stand ready." The assassination of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis marks another climax in the mounting tension between the U.S. on the one hand and Iran and the Iraqi Shi'ite Iraqi militias subordinate to it on the other. It comes several days following the violent protests that were held outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in response to the U.S. attack on Hizbullah Brigades positions in Iraq and Syria, protests in which Al-Muhandis and other militia commanders took part.[1] The following is a translation of Al-Khaz'ali's statement:[2] "In the name of Allah the Compassionate the Merciful, "'Among the believers are men true to what they promised Allah. Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration' [Quran 33:23]. The natural [destiny] of the commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani and the commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is martyrdom, [whereas] the natural end of the U.S. and Israel is perdition. The punishment for [spilling] the blood of the commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is the complete elimination of the American military presence in Iraq, and the punishment for [spilling] the blood of the commander Qassem Soleimani is the complete elimination of 'Israel.' "All the mujahideen of the resistance must stand ready, for we are on the cusp of a great, imminent victory. It may require [suffering] torment, but you must trust in the promise of Allah, who said: 'Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand' [Quran 40:51], and also said, 'And We have already sent messengers before you to their peoples, and they came to them with clear evidences; then We took retribution from those who committed crimes, and incumbent upon Us was support of the believers' [Quran 30:47]. "Your brother, "Qais Al-Khaz'ali, "January 3, 2020." Khaz'ali's handwritten statement   [1] On the reactions to the U.S. attack on the Hizbullah Brigades, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8447, Reactions In Iraq To The Recent Violent Conflagration – Hizbullah Brigades: 'Trump Will Pay A Heavy Price In Iraq And In The Other Countries Where His Criminal Forces Are Found'; U.S. Bases Will Be Crushed, December 30, 2019; on the protests outside the U.S. embassy, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8451, Reactions To Attack On U.S. Embassy – PMU Leader: 'The Siege Of The U.S. Embassy In Tehran Back In 1979 Extends To Today's Siege Of The Embassy In Baghdad', December 31, 2019. [2] Ahlualhaq.com, January 3, 2019.  

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IRGC Spokesman Gen. Sharif Bursts into Tears while Discussing Soleimani's Death, Adds: Before Long, the Joy of the Americans and Zionists over Soleimani's Killing Will Turn into Grief

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Source: IRINN TV (Iran)

On January 3, 2019, IRINN TV (Iran) reporter Shahram Farhadi spoke with IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif about the "martyrdom" of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani.

Following are excerpts:

 

Reporter: As a reporter and as an Iranian, I have a lot to say, but I will remain silent and say nothing, because all our people know who the real terrorist is. It was clear and now it is even clearer.

 

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General Ramezan Sharif: On the occasion of the martyrdom of the proud commander of the army of Islam, allow me to congratulate and send condolences to our dear people, to the great Leader of the Revolution, to the Hidden Imam, to the heroic public of Islamic Iran, the resistance front, the families of the martyrs who defend the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque in Damascus, and all the free men and people who fight injustice.

 

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In all certainty, it will not be long before the momentary joy of the Americans and the Zionists will turn into grief. The IRGC and the wise people of Islamic Iran and of the resistance front all over the geography of the Islamic world think about nothing other than exacting revenge for the blood of this proud martyr whose only thought was how to bring pride and glory to the Iranian people and the Islamic nation, and how to liberate Jerusalem.

 

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We in the IRGC were very sorry to hear this news. However, our resolve to exact revenge from criminal America and the occupying Zionists will grow stronger. This will definitely happen. We embarked on a path 40 years ago. We have sacrificed many IRGC generals for the ideals of the Islamic Revolution and for the security of the Iranian people. In this very hall, we announced a few years ago the martyrdom of General Tehrani Mughaddam [the head of Iran's missile program]. He was a man who thought about annihilating Israel. He made steps that allowed us to advance most of the way on this path.

 

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Reporter: Our crying is due to excitement over the martyrdom of this country's great divine man.

 

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If I see his body, I will kiss it, but for now, I will kiss this sacred garment on General Sharif's side. I'd like to thank my colleagues in this broadcast. I leave you in the hands of God Almighty. We will continue to be at your service with our programs on the international news channel.


Anchor: I thank Shahram Farhadi and General Sharif.

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Worshippers Burst into Tears When News Breaks of Soleimani Killing; Preacher: He Was an Agent of Unity between Muslims and Jews

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During a January 3, 2020 morning prayer in the Iranian city of Rahim Abad in the Gilan Province that was aired on Channel 1 (Iran), an Iranian cleric broke the news about the killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani by the United States. The worshippers burst into tears and chanted: "Death to America!" The cleric blessed Soleimani for having achieved what he had wished for, and he told the worshippers that Soleimani had been an agent of unity between Sunnis and Shi'ites and between Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

Following are excerpts:

 

Cleric: We've just received news of the martyrdom of the martyr General Hajj Qasem Soleimani. This dear and great man has won martyrdom. Hajj Qasem Soleimani has achieved what he has always wished for. [He was] a believing and revolutionary mujahid, with a record of 40 years of Jihad. Martyrdom is his reward.

 

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In Hajj Qasem's thought, the Shi'ite and the Sunni were brothers. Why did they turn him into a martyr? Because he was an agent of unity. Satan and the devils wanted to divide the Shi'ites and Sunnis. Not only was Hajj Qasem an agent of unity between Shi'ites and Sunnis, he was also an agent of unity between Muslims and Christians, an agent of unity between Muslims and Jews.

 

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Hajj Qassem won martyrdom in an attack by American helicopters in Baghdad.

Crowd: Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America! Death to America!

Cleric: Dear Hajj Qasem, your wish came true. We sign a pact with your blood: We will exact revenge for you from the Americans and the Zionists.

 

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January 3, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8457

Archival: IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani: 'War Is A Grand School For Love, Morals, [And] Loyalty'

January 3, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8457
The following is a MEMRI report published on April 20, 2014.   The commander of the Qods Force in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qassem Soleimani, who is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently delivered several ideological speeches praising war, the Islamic Revolution, and Leader Khamenei, and attacking the U.S. and Sunni Muslim countries. Praising the Islamic Revolution and its founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Soleimani claimed that the revolution had brought the Islamic world out of the crisis that it had been in since the fall of the Islamic regime in the Iberian Peninsula in the late 15th century. He added that Iran continues to export the revolution successfully, even to Saudi Arabia, which is the stronghold of the Sunni world. Only Iran, he said, and not Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan, can lead the Muslim world, because it supports Islamic groups around the globe and defends Islam from attack. Soleimani also said that the Shi'ite crescent in the Middle East was economic as well as political because it includes the oil-rich regions of eastern Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran. He added that Iran was successfully thwarting the global attack on the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. Following are excerpts from his statements:   "The War Completed The Islamic Revolution – And The Martyrs Live Forever; War Is A Grand School For Love, Morals, Loyalty, And Mysticism" At an April 3, 2014 ceremony honoring martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war, in the city of Bam in southeast Iran, Soleimani said:[1] "There is no greater [source] of pride in this world than martyrdom. The martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war had a highly influential personality, much like that of the Imam Khomeini. In our country, [this] war became a grand school for creating man. War has completed the Islamic revolution, and the martyrs live forever. War is a grand school for love, morals, loyalty, and mysticism. "During the revolution, the Imam Khomeini spread the slogans 'We Can' and 'America Can Do No Harm [To Iran].' The enemy thought that Iran was [weak] like Afghanistan and Pakistan, but disregarded its ability to accomplish anything – even to destroy its enemies – by relying on [its] people's resolve. The Iranian nation's resolve against its enemies is like steel. "The Imam [Khomeini] was like a bright sun in the hearts of the fighters, and he trained hundreds of influential figures... The Imam Khomeini changed the course of history, and distanced Islam from the regressive path [that it was on]. There are two things that fundamentally impact history: One is [ideological] movements, and the other [is] figures. Throughout history, ideological movements have been created, and figures influenced them. The beloved Prophet of Islam [Muhammad] had a fundamental and foundational influence on thought, philosophy, and the administration of mankind... The Imam Khomeini is one of the figures who changed the course of history... In creating the Islamic revolution, he placed the Islam of Mohammad in society. It was our imam who extricated the country from the path of regression. "The Islamic Revolution has had substantial achievements... In the past 35 years, our Islamic Revolution has progressed 500 years, successfully changing the Islamic world."   The Islamic Revolution Reversed The Islamic World's Lengthy Decline At a February 13, 2014 ceremony in Semnan marking the first anniversary of the assassination of IRGC official Hassan Shateri in Lebanon, Soleimani said:[2] "The enemies of Islam and the [Islamic] Revolution have always tried to fight the Islamic regime, but they change only their tactics; they can never extinguish the eternal [Islamic] Revolution. The enemies insist on continuing their hostility towards the Islamic regime of Iran, and the continuation of the Islamic regime is tied to its might and influence in the world. The enemies have tried various tactics in their struggle against the Islamic regime of Iran, against its importance and its might, because they truly understand its essence and its greatness. Today we can clearly see the magnitude of the hostility of the opponents of the regime, because the power of the revolution and of the Islamic regime increase from day to day..." Soleimani and Khamenei (source: Jamnews.ir, November 15, 2013)   No Revolution In The World Has Won Such Popular Support Soleimani continued: "The people's indescribable love for the Islamic Revolution increases the enemies' hostility towards the regime from day to day. No revolution in the world has been so welcome or won such widespread public participation... In the decades of the Islamic Revolution, we have witnessed the people's love for the regime and its insistence on preserving the regime's values throughout the country, and this has always been accompanied by anger from the enemies. There has never been such steadfast defense of a regime by its people in any revolution in recent times. "If we wish to look today at the might of the revolution, we can examine it in three areas: its might in the Islamic world, its influence on the Islamic world and the Muslims, and its might in the religious-Shi'ite world... "During a long period in the history of Islam, we witnessed the path of regression and waning that the Islamic world was on. This true religion marched on a path of decline for many years. From the Andalus era [of the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula] in 1492 and the five centuries that followed, the Islamic world marched down a steep slope. This era saw widespread change in the Islamic world, including the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled for 400 years – the [Ottoman] regime, which had controlled massive parts of the kingdom of Islam, crumbled. If we consider the conquest of Andalus the high point of events, and the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967 the zero line in the decline of the Islamic world, then since that point, the Islamic world has been marching lower than zero. After the fall of Jerusalem, which is the second qibla [direction of prayer] for Muslims and Islam's second holiest place after Mecca, every move in the Islamic world has been below this zero line. "In its decline and its grave circumstances, Islam suddenly saw the rise of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979], led by the divinely radiant and wise man named Imam Khomeini. The revolution was the result of the Imam's philosophy, and its everlasting percolation [throughout the world] has to date changed numerous global balances. Today we see that Shi'ites in Iraq have rightly taken power. No period in the history of Shi'ite struggles – or of the struggles of Shi'ite clerics – can match the era of the Islamic Revolution, which has gained global influence. The Imam established a regime relying not only on the religion but also on the demands of the people and on its maximal presence in the arena. Thanks to the revolution's victory in Iran, most of those in the world who sought freedom have sparked revolutions in their own countries... "After a long period of decline, the Islamic world saw the victory of the Islamic Revolution. From that point on, Islam began to rise, and significant change began in the Islamic world. The regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran greatly influences this path of progress, and all defeats of the enemy came about because of the philosophy created by the Imam Khomeini." Soleimani stands in the grave at the funeral of Mohammad Jamali, senior IRGC official killed in Syria (source: Mashregh, Iran, November 6, 2013)   Iran Currently Leads The Islamic World "The Islamic Revolution has both religious and national benefits. Iran's role has improved, from the status of a country that was cut off from the world under the Shah to one that now leads the Islamic world. This is while some other Islamic countries – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan – have for years presumed to lead the Islamic world and continue to presume this today... No country but Iran can currently claim leadership of the Islamic world. Obeying the wise and intelligent [Iranian regime] leadership leads to the growth of the Islamic world, and today, Iran, as its leader, exclusively possesses two important attributes: supporting Islamic fighters and groups, and defending Muslims and Islam from attacks on them. These are the two important attributes that cement Iran's leadership in the world. "Each of the revolutionary, popular, and administrative institutions that are subordinate [to the Rule of the Jurisprudent], and were established in Iran after the founding of the regime of the Islamic Revolution, has played a fundamental role in stabilizing the Islamic Republic of Iran, and each of their roles are important. "We saw that in some countries there were rebellions that were carried out in the name of Islam but that had no continuation. For example, we we witnessed the attempts by the Taliban forces in Afghanistan to establish a regime based on Sunni law, which they called an 'Islamic Emirate.' This regime lasted for less than two years... The Imam Khomeini combined religion and democracy, and established an extraordinary regime. This regime is constantly growing and changing, and it continues on its path. The Islamic Revolution actually has an intangible, virtual, and constantly growing arena..."   "The Martyrs Are The Country's Strongest And Most Eternal Figures" "The people sees the embodiment of the might of the Islamic Revolution in the conduct of other countries that have adopted Iran's model... The Islamic Revolution today is a unique model and example... We must pay attention to why it is that the Iran-Iraq war has become a school for the Iranian people, and why we still learn many lessons from it. That war is a model for us because it shows conduct that is true, that is religious, that is moral, and that is uniquely administrative... "In the leadership aspect too, we see today that the country is run in the best possible way, and that Leader [Khamenei] has effectively thwarted the enemy's shameful plans. It is interesting to note that Leader [Khamenei], even though he is the jurisprudent ruler, a cleric, and a very wise man, insists on wearing at every meeting, official or unofficial, the same keffiyeh that he wore during the Iran-Iraq war. This shows how important these models are to us. The Iran-Iraq war is a worthy and successful model to which attention must always be given. We see today that the enemy gains nothing from its struggle against Iran, and that the exalted status of the Islamic Revolution has made the forces in the East [Russia] and the West [U.S. and Europe] powerless against Iran. The enemies have always plotted, and today are still plotting, in a number of ways, to confront the Islamic regime, but they still cannot achieve their goals... "There is no doubt today that the martyrs are the country's strongest and most eternal figures, and the people live with these figures and their way, which they love. The models of the great martyrs of the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, who are being imitated today, play the highest possible role in purifying society and exporting the Islamic Revolution. The aspiration for struggle and the attention to religious morals are the primary foundations of the crystallization of a revolutionary image..."   The Islamic Revolution In Iran Brought About The Shi'ite Revival; The Shi'ite Crescent Is Economic In a February 16, 2014 speech in Kerman, Soleimani said:[3] "Look at Saudi Arabia. They buy more weapons every year from the U.S. and other countries than they have people. The Imam [Khomeini] appeared and turned rocks into missiles. The Imam came and gave [the Islamic world] this courage. The missile that first hit Tel Aviv was – unlike in all the wars between Arabs and the Zionist regime – not an Arab missile. It was not Egyptian. It was not Ottoman-era Turkish. [This missile] was upgraded [from a stone] by the Imam [Khomeini]... "The entire Islamic world owes a debt to the Imam. God knows that if the Imam had never existed, and that if this revolution and regime had never existed, then the divine appearance [of the regime created by the Islamic Revolution] would never have come. Who knows what condition the Islamic world would be in [if that had been the case] – and part of the Islamic world is still in [that condition]. "We are Shi'ites and the country's pride is that 92% of its population is Shi'ite... The Imam gave Iran the ability to become the Marjaiyya [i.e. the supreme source of Shi'ite political authority]... This is the same authority that successfully saved Iraq from the jaws of the U.S., and stabilized it. If not for the Marjaiyya, who could have done this? [Without the Marjaiyya], how could Iraqi Shi'ites rely on Iran? It is this foundation, this system, that succeeded in doing this. "Reviving the Shi'a, with Iran's religious authority at its center, has made Iran a political, security, and economic power. It is wrong to say that the Shi'ite crescent is political. The Shi'ite crescent is economic, and the world's most important economic issue is oil. We know that the world's three most oil-rich countries are Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq. Some 70% of the world's oil is in those three countries, and the entire 70% is in Shi'ite areas. Iraq's oil is [all] in Basra, Baghdad, and Kut, and 80% of Saudi Arabia's oil is in the Shi'ite areas of Dammam, Qatif..."   In Syria, Iran Is Fighting The Entire World "In Syria itself, which is at the nexus of the political conflict, the entire world is on one side, and Iran is on the other. Several intellectuals claim that this man [Assad] is going to leave now and that he will be replaced by another. They also say he is probably dead because they do not know what's true here. Why have the U.S., the Zionist regime, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia been insisting for the past three years that this man must go? We can clearly see the Khawarij[4] here... "In addition to [the actions of] the infidels, the idolaters, and the Zionists [in Syria], we also see today beheadings [in Syria] to [chants] of 'Allah Akbar.' Someone came and told me that [Abu Mus'ab Al-]Zarqawi [sic; the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader was killed in Iraq in 2006] reads the Koran [there] from morning until night, weeping, and then beheads 120 people simultaneously. It is Iran's philosophy and logic that have brought about victory in Syria, because this logic is solid. All this propaganda and violence have no influence, [because] today in the region [i.e. the Middle East] the [Iranian] model has emerged."   The Saudis Cannot Prevent The Islamic Revolution From Being Exported To Their Soil "There are two important issues in the Saudi efforts [against the model of Iran's Islamic Republic]: First, they spend a lot of money; second, they sow the seeds of problems throughout the Islamic world using the Salafiyya. They do all this because they are afraid that the model of the Islamic Republic will have an influence on them – and this is actually happening... The most important principle of the Rule of the Jurisprudent, where a wise and God-fearing man rules, should be the red line for us all [that we must never relinquish]."   [1] Sephanews.com, April 3, 2014. [2] Fars (Iran), February 13, 2014. [3] Fars (Iran), February 16, 2014. [4] The Khawarij is a derogatory name for the dissident group that split from Ali's camp at the Battle of Siffin in 657. It is considered the first Muslim opposition group in Islamic history.

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Archival: Iranian Campaign Touts IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani As 'Savior Of Iraq'; Soleimani: Iran Has Thousands Of Organizations Like Hizbullah; I Pray To Die A Martyr

January 3, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8456
The following is a report published by MEMRI on October 10, 2014. Introduction: Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force, the elite unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) operating outside Iran's borders, is the most senior figure operating on behalf of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Iraq. Soleimani, who is close to Khamenei and is considered his protégé, is a senior representative of Iran's ideological stream, which opposes the trend of détente with the United States and the West.[1] Previously, Tehran refrained from revealing its military involvement in Iraq and even denied it. Recently, however, the Iranian and other media began to publish numerous photos and footage of Soleimani in Iraqi cities in the company of commanders and fighters of Shi'ite and Kurdish pro-Iranian militias, as well as Shi’ite soldiers of the Iraqi army, that are fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) in that country (see photo appendix below). The Iranian regime views the Qods Force's anti-ISIS activity in Iraq as a useful tool for expanding its regional influence and improving its public image in the Middle East. On October 30, 2014, the daily Kayhan, which is close to Khamenei and is a mouthpiece of the ideological stream, explained that the Qods Force's activity in Iraq enhances Tehran's regional popularity and influence, and establishes commander Soleimani as a savior in the eyes of the Shi'ite and Iranian public, and in the eyes of the world: "Qassem Soleimani had a prominent role in operations to liberate [the Iraqi cities of] Jurf Al-Sakhar and Amirli. The presence of an Iranian strategist and believer in friendly neighboring countries, and his rescue of people of other faiths – Yazidis, Christians, Shi'ites, Sunnis, etc. – not only enhances his popularity in Iran and among the peoples of the world, but also enhances the Islamic Republic's popularity and influence in the region."[2] As part of the Iranian media campaign lionizing Soleimani and his role in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the Iranian online channel Nasr TV posted an English-language video describing significant milestones in his life,[3] and the IRGC-affiliated Fars news agency likewise published an article in his honor. The Fars article praised him as "the liberator of Iraq" who coordinated and supervised the Shi'ite and Kurdish military efforts and produced significant victories, in contrast to the 40-country coalition that failed to produce such results despite all its resources. According to Fars, Soleimani's widely-covered campaign in Iraq has been successful not only in defeating ISIS but in convincing the region and the world of the effectiveness of Iran's long arm. On September 27, 2014, Defapress.ir, a website affiliated with Iranian security circles, published a speech that Soleimani delivered in 2007 at a conference honoring the "martyrs" of the Iran-Iraq war. In the speech, Soleimani spoke in praise of jihad and steadfastness, and said that Iran, which is guided by God, is undefeatable and unstoppable. He added that the West refrains from attacking it because of its deterrent capability that it acquired through its martyrs and through the activity of the thousands of organizations that serve it, such as Hizbullah in Lebanon. The speech is an ode to the war and the jihad that gave rise to individuals who subsequently became leading figures in Iran. Soleimani stressed, while praising martyrdom, that he himself yearned to gain the exalted status of a martyr, and added that jihad is a supreme value in war that allows Iranian fighters to compensate for their technological inferiority and lack of operational readiness and to defeat the enemy. [4] He emphasized that absolute obedience to the regime of the rule of the jurisprudent was also a decisive factor in war. The following are excerpts from the Fars article in praise of Soleimani and from Soleimani's 2007 speech; the appendix presents a sampling of photos recently published in the Iranian media showing him in Iraqi cities in the company of commanders and fighters of pro-Iranian militias. Fars News Agency: The Presence Of Qassem Soleimani, 'The Savior Of Iraq', In Every Part Of That Country Yielded The Iraqi Victory Over ISIS The Fars article stated: "The long arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran, namely the Qods Force, with the help of its advisors and weapons, first managed to prevent the collapse of the Iraqi state, and then, with the help of the Iraqis [themselves], liberated the cities and sites conquered by terror… At first some people believed that no photos of Qassem Soleimani should be published, but gradually, as [these photos] proliferated, and by selecting the time and place they were taken and the people with whom he was photographed, it became clear that they could convey messages to the region and the world, [and] these messages were well-understood by the regional and international parties. “[Soleimani] was present in every part of Iraq, from the north to the center and in every place where there were battles and fighting and victory was achieved – and the Iraqi forces viewed his presence and the presence of his troops as the factor that had led to their victory. These media campaigns [publicizing him and his activity] … were so effective that today the entire region and the world recognize him as the one who rescued Iraq from the talons of terror, and even the Americans, pressured by this media wave, conceded that Iran had a constructive role in Iraq… Iran entered the struggle against terror in its neighbor [Iraq] out of a sense of duty and a forward looking [approach], and, while supporting its neighbor and the [Shi'ite] holy places, is defending its own national security beyond its borders – and the person responsible for managing this issue is Qassem Soleimani. “And so, with a minimum of resources, as opposed to the 40-nation coalition that has billions of dollars and weapons at its disposal, we are [now] seeing images of this senior [commander, Soleimani] in various parts of Iraq, from Amirli to Iraqi Kurdistan, Saladin [governorate], Samarra, Jurf Al-Sakhar, Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf. The retired American general John Allen [a commander of the coalition against ISIS], who was one of America's senior commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2006-2013, did not expect that this senior [commander, Soleimani,] would surpass all the weapons and air forces of the region's countries and of the international [partners] in the coalition [against ISIS]. [He did not expect that Soleimani], with some of his comrades, would pass through the Iraqi cities one by one, and, while coordinating [the activity of] the Kurdish Peshmerga, the Iraqi army and the popular volunteer forces in Iraq, would lead them in the struggle against ISIS and would produce a victory over this takfiri terrorist group – victories that the 40-nation coalition can only observe from the skies."[5] Qassem Soleimani's 2007 Speech Martyrdom Is A Great Blessing For Which I Pray "In light of the prestige earned by the martyrs, I pray to God for my own end to be martyrdom as well, and that He will not deny me this mighty blessing granted to outstanding individuals. On the frontlines [of the Iran-Iraq War], on the eves of operations and under the most difficult conditions... I felt the divine backing and guiding me, and I entered the war's most difficult arenas with reliance on God... "In essence, it can be deduced from Koranic verses, traditions, and hadiths that man is incapable of fully grasping [how lofty] the rank of the martyrs is... Sometimes a man turns to his friend and implores him, 'Pray [for me] that I will be martyred.' Usually we respond politely, 'No! May God keep you [alive], you are necessary to us.' [But praying for martyrdom] is a magnificent prayer... a magnificent prayer..." Jihad Was Our Guiding Light In The War Against Iraq "Does the current generation, which has already been integrated into several of our apparatuses, differ from the war generation? In several dimensions, yes. This generation is more devout than the generation of the Iran-Iraq War; it has more knowledge and more spiritual means than that generation. At the same time, however, in the apparatuses today, we do not see the atmosphere that prevailed on the front lines [back then]. Why is that? What happened on our front lines that made children grow up like that [back then]?... "[Back then,] jihad was the first foundation of all our operations in the war, including military operations. Jihad broke through impasses, because it does not acknowledge them. Military logic says that we could not have carried out operations such as Bayt Al-Muqadas, Al-Fatah Al-Moubin, Tariq Al-Quds, and Al-Fajr VIII, and Karbala V, and so on. We did not have capabilities equal [to those of our enemy]; our means were absolutely primitive compared to theirs… Look at their [i.e. the martyrs'] faces... Many were young and hadn't yet grown facial hair... This is the spirit of jihad that smashed the impasses and showed resistance in the jihad arena until [these martyrs'] final breath. "The second foundation for war was morality. [The war] was a massive gathering that lasted 3,000 days, during which people of various ages and from various places came together, took up arms, fought, and showed no signs of internal conflict, insults, curses, or bitterness... None thought about [military] rank. The term most widespread among them was 'brother.' None was above or below the other. There were no uprisings. Courtesy prevailed on the front lines. "The third foundation of the war was spirituality. I have spoken of this at length, and I have no problem repeating it... Even on the front lines, there was an atmosphere of hajj – it was a real pilgrimage... Much has been said about the spirituality that prevailed during the war, and we should continue talking about it. "The fourth foundation was worship of God: Absolute obedience to God, working for God, ignoring all that was not God. This was an important factor in the war. "The fifth foundation was the rule [of the jurisprudent]. Over 90% of fighters never saw the Imam [Khomeini] up close, but still they loved him and sacrificed their lives with absolute loyalty to make him smile, to please him, and to ease his mind. This [approach] was not only towards the Imam [Khomeini]. They knew that their commander was appointed by the Imam, and obeyed him as they would the Imam himself – whether he commanded a brigade, a division, or a corps – and there was no rebellion. I do not remember anyone telling me or other commanders on the battlefield, 'I will not participate in the operation.' "These are the five foundations of the war that shaped its moves... There were people on the front with diverse views... most of them were martyred. These five foundations gave rise in our war to three unique attributes: "The first attribute is spiritual transcendence... No one can deny that the Iran-Iraq War was the source of the great spiritual upheavals in our society. Even though it was not welcomed, [the war] became a cultural revolution in [Iranian] society. "The second attribute is philosophical transcendence... The war was like a religious seminary. At a religious seminary, students debate with each other so as to fulfill their weighty obligation and to be ready; the battlefield was like that too. The fighters, who sought redemption, imitated the [students at the] religious seminaries. This led to expertise among the children of the war [i.e. the fighters]. "The front lines were a crucible; those who emerged from them were for the most part mature. In war, a cowardly man cannot be brave, but the path is paved for the brave man to show his courage. A devout man's faith is strengthened, while a man whose faith is weak cannot hide his weakness... All qualities emerge in war; nothing remains secret... "The third attribute, which exists today too, and examples of it are prominent in our time as well, is that the youths who were more deeply involved in the war have in today's society become the more successful administrators – because they administered [affairs] during the most difficult of times. "We must identify the factors that created this admirable upbringing and these admirable individuals, so that we can propagate this in our society today." Iran Has Thousands Of Organizations Like Hizbullah "What makes Iran's current enemies hesitate before attacking is not political hesitation or concern for the world's [possible response]... What stops them is [Iran's] eight years of war against Iraq, and other issues that the enemy has understood very well. "I will never say that the enemy will not attack us. There may be some inappropriate operation [by the enemy], but we are prepared for any enemy action, and any strike against us will be defeated and is destined to fail. They may do something, but they cannot know its outcome, and cannot assess how successful it will be. "No incident studied by the enemy is more difficult and harsher than the 2006 Lebanon war. There is no enemy more classic and more highly trained than Israel. They saw how, incredibly, the world's most powerful army was defeated and destroyed by a small organization named Hizbullah. "Iran has thousands of organizations like Hizbullah, and millions of people who are like Hizbullah activists. In effect, this nation [i.e. Iran] is undefeatable; because of its reliance on God, and because of its belief in the sacred Imams and its confidence in the victory of God, it continues on its path..." Appendix: Photos Of Qassem Soleimani In Iraq Photos published recently in the Iranian media show Soleimani with the heads of the main Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq and play an important role in the fighting against ISIS there: Hadi Al-Amiri, commander of the Badr Brigades; Qais Khaz’ali, head of Asaib Ahl Al-Haqq; and Shibel Al-Zaidi, head of the Imam 'Ali Brigades. These publications are meant to showcase the success of the forces supervised by Soleimani in repelling ISIS's attempts to capture the Shi'ite holy places in Iraq, especially the sacred city of Karbala. Accordingly, many of the photos show him in Karbala and in other strategic cities, such as Jurf Al-Sakhar, Samarra and Amirli. Soleimani was also shown in the company of Peshmerga forces, to reflect Tehran's rallying to the aid of the Kurdish war effort against ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan and its influence among the Kurds of this region. The following is a sampling of the photos: Soleimani in Karbala (image: Jamnews.ir, October 28, 2014) Soleimani at anti-aircraft post near Samarra (image: Tasnim, Iran, November 1, 2014) Soleimani in Iraq with Badr Brigade commander Hadi Al-'Amiri and Asaib Al-Haqq deputy commander Muhammad Tabtabai after the liberation of Jurf Al-Sakhar (image: Abna.ir, October 25, 2014) Soleimani with Hadi Al-'Amiri after the liberation of Al-Amirli (image: Mashreghnews.ir, October 10, 2014)   Soleimani with Asaib Ahl Al-Haqq commander Qais Khaz’ali (Image: twitter.com/mehdilashkari, August 22, 2014) Soleimani with Asaib Ahl Al-Haqq fighters (image: ammariyon.ir, October 18, 2014) Soleimani with Imam 'Ali Brigades commander Shibel Al-Zaidi (image: Abna.ir, October 24, 2014) Soleimani with Shi'ite fighters (image: Defapress.ir, October 14, 2014) Soleimani with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters (image: Tasnim, Iran, October 29, 2014)   [1] Soleimani's senior status in Iranian regime circles was evident from the presence of many senior regime officials at his mother's funeral last year. See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5483, "Senior Iranian Officials, Representatives Of Iran's Proxies Console Qods Force Commander Qassem Suleimani At His Mother's Funeral," October 17, 2013. [2] Kayhan (Iran), October 30, 2014. [3] Nasrtv.com, no date. [4] For a previous speech by Soleimani in praise of martyrdom, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 5716, IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani: 'War Is A Grand School For Love, Morals, [And] Loyalty', April 20, 2014. [5] Fars (Iran), October 28, 2014.  

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Iranian TV Announcement about U.S. Killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani: He Met His Creator with Gratitude for Years of Jihad

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On January 3, 2020, at 6:00 AM, IRINN TV (Iran) aired an announcement about the United States' killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani earlier that morning at Baghdad International Airport. Quoting the Quran, the anchor said: "'Indeed, to God we belong and to God we shall return.' The soldier of the Jurisprudent Ruler and of the Islamic nation, the military commander of Islam, the Revolution, and Iran, Hajj Qasem Soleimani, was martyred in an attack by American helicopters [after] a life full of Jihad." The anchor explained that Soleimani had "hastened to meet his Creator" with gratitude for "years of Jihad that were full of pride and honor." He added that Soleimani had been "awarded martyrdom" along with PMU Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

 

Anchor: In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Peace and prayers upon the Prophet Muhammad and his pure household. Greetings. "Indeed, to God we belong and to God we shall return." The soldier of the Jurisprudent Ruler and of the Islamic nation, the military commander of Islam, the Revolution, and Iran, Hajj Qasem Soleimani, was martyred in an attack by American helicopters. The IRGC announced that after a life full of Jihad, Islam's proud commander, Hajj Qasem Soleimani, was awarded martyrdom today at dawn in an attack by American helicopters, at Baghdad International Airport. He hastened to meet his Creator, grateful for years of Jihad that were full of pride and honor. According to sources in the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, American helicopters attacked Baghdad International Airport, and as a result, General Qasem Soleimani, as well as PMU Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, attained martyrdom.

 

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Iraqi Media To The Iran-Backed PMU: The U.S. Informed The Iraqi Prime Minister Of The Coming Airstrike, And He Informed You, Yet You Did Not Evacuate

January 2, 2020
Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8455
Introduction A debate surfaced in the Iraqi media on why the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) did not warn its forces in Anbar province of an imminent U.S. airstrike after they had received a warning from Iraq's Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, on December 28, 2019. In a televised meeting that aired on December 31, 2019, the Iraqi prime minister told his cabinet that he was informed of the airstrikes hours before in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and that he had tried to warn the PMU.

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Niger Arrests Two Turks Coming From Istanbul Via Turkish Airlines On Charge Of Supporting ISIS

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On December 25, 2019, Al-Arabiya published a report saying that Niger's National Security Service arrested "three terrorists," including two Turkish citizens and a local collaborator, flying from Turkey on Turkish Airlines.[1] The three are accused of being affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Greater Sahara. According to the report, the arrest of the three came hours after security services issued an alert including a photo and pictures of the passports of "a dangerous group of terrorists that has infiltrated into the capital Niamey." Photos of the two Turkish suspects   A photo of Soner Gürleyen's passport   A photo of Muhammet Ozcan's passport Citing a Nigerien security source, the report notes that the two Turks arrived from Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight and were arrested "on suspicion of supporting ISIS in the Greater Sahara." The report adds that ISIS claimed a "bloody attack" against a military base west of Niger on December 12, 2019, that killed 71 soldiers and wounded others. ISIS's West Africa Province claimed that the attack "killed at least 100 Nigerien soldiers and wounded dozens others."[2] According to the report, observers say that "it is likely that the three suspects are connected to Turkish parties providing logistical support and weapons to terrorist groups in the Sahel and Libya." A photo of the third suspect from Niger A photo of the Nigerien passport of the suspect Moulaye Zeini Abdouramane Samber Quoting local sources, the report says: "Turkish companies have established an international airport in Niamey in a suspicious deal that included a condition stating that a Turkish company would administer it for two-and-a-half years, in which passengers would pay a tax that would reimburse the construction cost of the airport in five years only." The report concludes by saying: "Fears prevail in the region that Turkey would use the airport and Turkish Airlines flights to Niamey and Bamako [in Mali] to support extremists in southern Libya and destabilize neighboring Nigeria." It should be noted that Turkey has been criticized for its involvement in the domestic affairs of African countries particularly Nigeria[3] and Libya.[4]   [1] Al-Arabiya, December 25, 2019. [2] See MEMRI JTTM report ISIS In West Africa Claims Responsibility For Attack On Nigerien Military Base Near Border With Mali, December 12, 2019. [3] See MEMRI report March 2014 Audio Reportedly Features Phone Call Between Turkish Airlines Executive, Erdoğan Advisor About Turkish Arms Shipments To Nigeria: 'Are They Going To Kill Muslims Or Are They Going To Kill Christians? We Are In Sin Right Now', December 18, 2019. [4] See MEMRI report In Libya, Criticism Of Increasingly Close Relationship Between Turkey And Al-Sarraj's Government Of National Accord (GNA): Erdogan Wants To Bring Back The Ottoman Empire, Al-Sarraj's GNA Is Like The Vichy Government, December 27, 2019.

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