Jan 13, 2020 13:38 UTC
  • Syria awards top Medal of Honor to Martyr Soleimani

Senior Iranian Commander Lt. General Qassem Soleimani, who was recently assassinated in a US strike, was posthumously awarded Syria’s top Medal of Honor by the Arab country’s President Bashar al-Assad.

According to Tasnim news agency, Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis announced on Monday President Assad has awarded the country’s top Medal of Honor to Lt. General Soleimani.

The Syrian premier unveiled the awarding of the medal at a meeting with Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran.

“Awarding this medal reveals the Syrian president’s deep affection for General Soleimani and for his brothers in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Khamis said.

Lt. General Soleimani, the Deputy Head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMU), and a number of their entourage were martyred in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of January 3.

The popular Iranian commander played a prominent role in the fight against Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

Following the assassination, people of Syria took to the streets to condemn the terrorist attack on the Iranian commander and praise his efforts in the war on Daesh.

On January 7, a huge crowd of Syrian people gathered in the main square of Aleppo, Sa’adallah Al-Jabri Square, to denounce the US terrorists move.

"The martyr (Soleimani) had a significant role in liberating most of the Syrian territories. He was wherever he needed to be. The free and resistant world has lost one of its men today," a resident of Aleppo said in a mourning service in Aleppo’s Rashid Mosque.