Lebanon’s Hezbollah Saturday unveiled a statue of Iran’s slain Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani near the Israeli border, to mark the 40th day of his killing by the United States.
Soleimani who was dubbed as the “worst terrorist” by U.S. officials was killed by a drone as he was leaving the Baghdad International airport in the early hours of January 3, by the order of President Donald Trump.
Qods (Quds) Force the extraterritorial military and intelligence arm of the Islamic Republic, organizing and supporting numerous proxy forces in the region and beyond, including the Hezbollah. It played an important role in the Syrian civil war supporting Bashar Assad’s forces and also assists Houthi forces in Yemen.
Images released by Iranian websites close to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) show a statue at a high point pointing toward Israel, in Maroun al-Raas in the Nabatiyeh region of Lebanon close to the Israeli border.
Hezbollah has fought many battles with Israeli forces in this area in the past three decades, including in the 34-day war in 2006. Hezbollah has a track record of erecting monuments in southern Lebanon to anger Israel.
In the unveiling ceremony of the statue Hezbollah officials praised Soleimani and the commander of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi Abu Mehdi al-Muhandes who was killed in the same drone attack with the Qods Force commander.