Perhaps in a bid to justify the killing of Maj Gen Qasem Soleimany of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, given that New Delhi enjoys close ties with Tehran, US President Donald Trump has claimed that the Iranian general was involved in the conspiracy of a terrorist attack against India. Trump said further that Soleimani was killed not to start a war but to end one.
Speaking at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said, “Soleimani had made the deaths of innocent people his sick passion and had carried out terrorist activities in New Delhi and London.”
Trump defended the move in which seven top military officers of Iran, including Soleimani, were killed in Baghdad. Trump said, “Today, we remember those suffering from Soleimani’s atrocities and it gives us comfort that the reign of his terror is over now.”
The American president retweeted a tweet by the host of the show Tipping Point on OANN that claimed, “Soleimani killed 603 American service members. Soleimani maimed thousands more with IEDs. Soleimani approved the attack on the US Embassy. He was plotting to kill more Americans. Yes, he deserves to be dead. If you’re lamenting his death, you hate Trump more than a terrorist.”
How the US related Soleimani to terrorism in India
Although Trump did not explain anything about Soliimani’s designs against India, he is believed to have recalled the 2012 incident in New Delhi in which the wife of an Israeli diplomat was targeted. In that incident, a woman named Tel Yehushua was injured in pellet-firing. The driver of the vehicle was injured too. The incident in New Delhi is of 13 February 2012. The terrorists had fitted a bomb in the car of the diplomat with the help of a magnet.
With the killing of powerful military general Qasem Soleimani, the US has renewed its armed conflict with Iran. The US attacked and killed the Iranian general with a drone-fired missile. Now Iran has openly warned the US that it will avenge the death of General Soleimani.
Soleimani had been leading Iran’s Quds Force since 1998. This special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) conducts secret operations abroad and reports directly to the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Soleimani was killed on Thursday night amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran following an attack by hundreds of protesters at the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday night.
Khamenei vows to avenge Soleimani
Khamenei has said, “The most ferocious people on earth killed the honourable commander who fought courageously against the evils and dacoits of the world.” Khamenei said, “His mission will not stop with his death, but the criminals who have stained their hands with the blood of Gen Soleimani and other martyrs on Thursday night must wait to bear the brunt of tremendous revenge.”
Khomeini said that success in the ongoing battle and the ultimate victory will make the lives of murderers and criminals worse.
The attack on India
The incident of the attack in New Delhi could not be solved till now nor did India ever find an Iran hand in it. News reports at the time said that Iran had retaliated to the killing of its nuclear scientist Mustafa Ahmadi Roshan.
Syed Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi, an Indian journalist, was arrested on 6 March that year and was charged with carrying out the attack and being part of a conspiracy under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). He was released on bail by the Supreme Court in October on the condition that he could not go abroad.
According to news reports of the time, Delhi Police had alleged that the journalist had helped in reconnaissance for the car attack. The five men who attacked the Israeli diplomat’s car were members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. However, despite his identity, Delhi Police did not arrest him.