Ayatollah Abbas Kaabi, a member of Iran’s Guardian Council, said at an event organized by the Iranian embassy in Baghdad that the attacks against American forces in Iraq that have been taking place since the January 2020 U.S. assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani and PMU deputy leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis will continue “with force and determination.” He also said that the “martyr” Imad Mughniyeh, a senior Hizbullah leader killed in 2008, will only be avenged by the liberation of Jerusalem, that the “martyr” Qasem Soleimani will only be avenged by the collapse of America and Zionism, and that the “martyr” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis will only be avenged by the end of the occupation in Iraq and the region. Ayatollah Kaabi’s speech was uploaded to the PMU’s YouTube account on December 30, 2022.
Ayatollah Abbas Kaabi: "The hundreds of [anti-American] attacks that have taken place since the martyrdom [of Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis] and to this day will undoubtedly continue, with force and determination, in order to force the American occupiers to pull out of Iraq, the holy places, and the entire region. We must emphasize that the American occupation, and the violation of the sovereignty of the region's people and governments are not limited to military occupation. The malicious American enemy strives for occupation in terms of ideology, culture, media, authority, economy, society, security, science, and technology. We may call it a 'multifaceted occupation' and a 'soft war.' This comes in addition to the Zionist normalization, which, in fact, is Zionist occupation with American support. Resistance against this systematic occupation is vital, by turning weakness to strength, and threats into opportunity in all areas and on all levels.
"The martyr Imad Mughniyeh will only be avenged by the liberation of Jerusalem. The martyr Qasem Soleimani will only be avenged by the collapse of America and Zionism. As for the martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, he will only be avenged by the end of the systematic occupation on all its levels, in Iraq and the region."