The daughter of slain Iraninan Common Qassem Soleimani has appeared on RT’s present Going Underground, talking with its host Afshin Rattansi in her first massive worldwide interview almost a yr after her father was murdered.
Common Soleimani, commander of the Quds power inside Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed outdoors the Iraqi capital metropolis of Baghdad early in January on a direct order of US President Donald Trump. The overall was focused by a US drone strike which obliterated a automotive Soleimani was touring in. Different high-ranking navy officers, together with Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, had been additionally killed.
The assassination was commissioned by Trump as he was livid with Soleimani and his work, Zeinab Soleimani believes, as her father had disrupted US plans within the Center East. Again within the day, Trump bragged concerning the killing, describing the slain normal as a “monster.”
This hardly befits Soleimani, who saved quite a few lives in his combat in opposition to Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) and Al-Qaeda terrorist teams, Zeinab argued.
[Trump] is the monster, not my father. My father did his job so nicely and made them so offended.
“My father destroyed their plans [in the Middle East], after all they’d be blissful in the event that they killed him – and so they had been proud,” she mentioned. “In fact for them my father is an enormous monster, however my father is a savior.”
The assassination of Soleimani has vastly backfired for Washington, because it prompted extra individuals to combat the US, Zeinab acknowledged.
“After killing my father, America thought that all the things can be stopped, as a result of they killed Common Soleimani, the facility of the Center East. However they’re so mistaken,” Zeinab mentioned. “They’re so mistaken in pondering this would be the finish of Common Soleimani, that is the start.”
Certainly, the assassination has not solely invoked the wrath of Tehran, in addition to left a serious dent in relations between Washington and Baghdad, triggering accusations the US betrayed its ally. The killing prompted the Iraqi parliament to undertake a non-binding decision urging an entire withdrawal of international troops from the nation, whereas Iran launched missile strikes on a number of navy services that housed American troops.
The incident has additionally triggered a sequence of assaults on US installations throughout the nation, together with its embassy in Baghdad. The assaults, attributed to pro-Iranian Iraqi paramilitary forces, have plagued American and different coalition forces for months and, in the end, led to the withdrawal of international troops from a number of places throughout Iraq.
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