News ID: 109504
Published: 0723 GMT January 16, 2015

Diplomat: Major General Soleimani in good health in Iran

Diplomat: Major General Soleimani in good health in Iran

A senior Iranian diplomat has dismissed reports that Major General Qasem Soleimani, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has been injured in Iraq.


"Major General Soleimani is in good health and the news [that he is wounded] is false," said Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday.

A section of the Western media reported earlier in the day that the Iranian commander was seriously wounded in an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the Iraqi city of Samarra.

"He (Major General Soleimani) is in Iran," Amir-Abdollahian added.


West warned about terrorism


The deputy minister further said the Islamic Republic had warned the West about the repercussions of exploiting terrorism well in advance of the recent acts of terror in Europe.

"From the very outset of the crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran repeatedly warned the West and some regional countries not to exploit terrorism," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Iran has warned that the negative consequences of exploiting terrorism would affect the whole region and the international community, the diplomat said.

Recent attacks in the French capital, Paris, were only the tip of the iceberg of terrorism, Amir-Abdollahian stated.

A recent wave of terrorist attacks in France began on January 7, when the Paris office of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo came under assault by two gunmen. Twelve people were killed in the incident that was followed by other terrorist attacks claiming five more lives.

The official further hoped that the West and some regional countries would avoid dubious policies on terrorism and put all their efforts into eradicating the scourge.

Iran will vigorously continue fighting terrorism in the region at the request of and in full coordination and cooperation with the governments of Syria and Iraq, he said.

Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not be militarily involved in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic will continue support for both countries against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.

At the onset of the ISIL advances in Iraq, the Islamic Republic took rapid steps to mobilize popular forces in the country.

Tehran has also refused to join the so-called US-led coalition against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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