Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said that the Head of IRGC’s Quds Force Lieutenant General Qassem Suleimani was assassinated because he thwarted US plots aimed at changing the region’s identity.
In an interview with Al-Alam TV on Saturday, Al-Maliki said Suleimani helped people and fronts of Axis of Resistance to “withstand and become strong in the face of the aggression.”
“Perhaps his position in Syria is the most prominent, where he stopped the plot of its collapse, which was prepared by Israel and Arab countries,” he said, according to Tasnim news agency.
“Suleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis succeeded in stopping more than one scheme for changing the region, which bothered the Americans a lot.”
The former PM, who is also a current secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party, revealed how General Suleimani helped Iraq in its war against Daesh Takfiri group, and provided it with weapons, noting that the Washington refused to provide Baghdad with weapons in the war against the terror group.
“I spoke with Suleimani directly, because I had a good relationship with him and always met with him, and when events escalated, he came himself to Baghdad and asked me about ways to help Iraq,” he told Al-Alam, noting that his answer was to provide Iraq with weapons.
“This is the point of strength that we must not forget about the Islamic Republic and Qassem Suleimani, that they enabled our forces to defend and confront the threat of ISIL when they ‘equipped us with weapons from their warehouses, and not from new industries,” al-Maliki said.
This (assassination) was a heinous crime because first, it violated the sovereignty of Iraq, and secondly because it targeted a great and dear guest to Iraq and the Iraqis, and thirdly because of the way of assassinations that the gangs do not a country like the US that raises slogans of freedom and democracy,” the former prime minister said.
He added that the Iraqi government must have a role in “uncovering this crime and its circumstances, whether there is a role for some Iraqi individuals and parties, or not, and referring the perpetrator to the judiciary.”
Source: Iranian media