BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Iranian commander of the Al-Quds Force (IRGC), Majr General Qassem Suleimani, issued a statement on Thursday evening, promising to retaliate against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) for brutally executing a captured IRGC soldier.
In a message released on Thursday evening, the commander highlighted the terrorist group’s recent defeats in the region and referred to the gruesome beheading of the Iranian military adviser, known in Iran as the ‘Defenders of Shrine,’ as an act which is against all Islamic and human ethics.
“Such a crime that has happened on several occasions against Sunni and Shi’i Muslims in the region will only increase the awareness and unity of Muslim people against the sinister phenomenon [of terrorism],’ Brigadier General Soleimani noted.
He underlined that such criminal acts by Daesh “will reinforce our commitment to fight them until their complete annihilation.”
Following a US strike against the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi), Daesh used the opportunity to attack the Syrian troops deployed in the borders with Iraq in which Mohsen Hojjaji, an Iranian military adviser was taken hostage by the terrorist group elements and beheaded later on camera.