Parade in honor of Gen. Soleimani, al-Muhandis
Iran and Iraq have staged a joint maritime parade in a border river to pay homage to the top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi companion Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were assassinated in a US drone strike in 2020.
A total of
313 heavy and light vessels from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and
Basij volunteer forces as well as Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU),
known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha'abi, took part in the parade at the Arvand
international waterway on Saturday.
was held under the auspices of the Third Naval Region of the IRGC Navy and the
PMU central command. A number of Iranian and Iraqi officials were in
Mehdi Hashemi of the IRGC's Third Naval Region said the joint parade was
representative of the unity of the Iranian and Iraqi nations to tread the path
of the two revered martyrs in confrontation with global arrogant powers.
powers had better realize that freedom-loving nations and the Axis of
Resistance, under the tutelage of the late founder of the Islamic Republic,
Imam Khomeini, and Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei, will continue the struggle until the eradication of the Zionist
regime,” Hashemi said.
Soleimani, commander of the IRGC Quds Force, Muhandis, the second-in-command of
the PMU, and their companions were assassinated in the drone strike authorized
by then US President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January
commanders were highly revered across West Asia due in large part to their key
role in fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
8, 2020, the IRGC targeted the US-run Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western
province of Anbar with a wave of missiles in retaliation for the assassination.
The Pentagon said more than 100 US troops suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike. The IRGC, however, says Washington uses the term to mask the number of Americans who perished during the strikes. Iran says the missile strike on Ain al-Assad was only a “first slap.”