BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – A statue of the late commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, was unveiled earlier this week in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, marking the one year anniversary of his assassination by the U.S. forces.
The statue of Soleimani was unveiled in the southern district of Beirut, also known as Dahieh, to the public by local officials.
Soleimani, alongside the Deputy Head of the Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandis, was leaving the Baghdad International Airport on January 3rd, 2020, when his convoy was targeted by a U.S. aircraft.
Soleimani and Mohandis were both killed in the strike; this would prompt a powerful response from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, who launched several missiles at the U.S. forces stationed at two bases in Iraq.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and several officials of the Islamic Republic have vowed to continue the mission to avenge Soleimani, which has prompted the U.S. to increase its security measures in the Persian Gulf.