General Qassem Soleimani says Iranian forces will not rest until they have taken out every last terrorist from the face of the Muslim world after Daesh reportedly beheaded an Iranian military adviser in Syria.
The general, who commands the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), made the pledge in a statement carried by Tasnim News Agency on Thursday.
Mohsen Hojaji, who was a member of the Iranian advisory support team in Syria, was reportedly taken hostage by the Takfiri group near the Iraqi border on Monday and beheaded two days later.
General Soleimani said the “horrific, inhumane crime” came in the wake of successive blows dealt on several fronts to Takfiri-Wahhabi terror groups, which are tied to global arrogance.
“The atrocity does not fall within any Islamic, or even humanitarian, principle or law,” the statement said.
Such acts, the general said, would further strengthen the Iranian servicemen’s resolve in pursuit of their cause “to purge every inch of the Muslim territories of their (the terrorists’) evil presence.”
Iranian servicemen “will avenge this bestial act with a firm decision, namely [to realize] the very eradication of the evil growth of Wahhabism and terrorism from the face of the Muslim world.”
Wahhabism is the radical ideology informing the acts of terrorism perpetrated by Daesh and its fellow Takfiri outfits.
At Iraq and Syria’s request, the Islamic Republic has been providing the advisory assistance to the respective countries’ armies in their fight against Takfiri terrorists.
On June 7, Daesh gunmen mounted assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, leaving 18 people dead and over 50 others wounded.
The IRGC responded with a missile strike, which pummeled Daesh positions in Syria’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr Province, killing more than 170 Takfiri elements and inflicting heavy damage to their weaponry and communication systems.
The group, which is by many accounts on its last legs in Iraq and Syria, is now seeking to establish footholds in countries beyond the Middle East, including Afghanistan.
On Sunday, militants struck Mirza Olang, a Shia-populated village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pol, killing 60 people. Provincial spokesman Zabihullah Amani said the assailants had launched the attack at the behest of a local Taliban commander, who had pledged allegiance to Daesh.
On Thursday, the United Nations Security Council released a report, provided by an expert panel, saying that Daesh continued to “motivate and enable” global attacks and funnel funds to supporters despite the defeats it has suffered Syria and Iraq.
The terror group would transfer the funds overseas in small amounts, which had made it hard to detect, the report said.
Daesh’s command and control structure “has not broken down completely,” and remains “a significant military threat,” it said and warned about the outfit’s efforts to establish a toehold in Southeast Asia, most notably the Philippines.