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Messages from the leaders of Axis of Resistance after liberation of the last Daesh's stronghold in Syria

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Abu Kamal, the city on the Euphrates in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, has been liberated on 22 November 2017 by the Syrian Arab Army and its key allies: Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. A city was seized by the Takfiri terrorist group in the summer of 2014, during a three-month offensive across the eastern territories. The Syrian army had already declared victory in the city earlier this month, but the Daesh terrorists then staged a counter-attack using sleeper cells hidden in Abu Kamal. Since two days ago, most Daesh militants had withdrawn from the city, with fighting continuing in its perimeter. Driving Daesh from Abu Kamal means only a few villages along the Euphrates and patches of nearby desert, as well as isolated pockets in other parts of the country, remain in Syria of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Now the terrorists are unable to move freely between Syrian and Iraqi territory, and the fight against them will be much easier.

Syrian army units were led by Suheil al-Hassan, a legendary general nicknamed "the Tiger" who played crucial role in ousting Daesh terrorists from the cities of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Mayadeen, and finally Abu Kamal. Another key person was Major General Qasem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, personally commanding the Syrian pro-government forces during the liberation operation. In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, Soleimani announced the end of Daesh domination over Muslim lands and issued an important message:

Salamun Alaikum (peace and greetings upon you),
Six years ago, a dangerous plot like the ones at the time of Amir al-Mu'minin (as), which prevented Muslims from truly understanding the pure Islam of Muhammad (pbuh), this time, mixed with the poison of Zionism and arrogance, covered the Islamic world like a devastating storm.
This devastating and poisonous sedition was created by the enemies of Islam with an aim of initiating widespread war within the Islamic world and a fight among Muslims. The evil movement, under the name of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," managed, in the early months, to deceive tens of thousands of Muslim youth from both countries, causing a very dangerous crisis for the influential and crucial countries of the Islamic world: Iraq and Syria.
They occupied hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of land from these countries along with thousands of villages, towns, and provincial centers; they destroyed thousands of factories, manufactures, and major infrastructure of these countries - including roads, bridges, refineries, wells, gas and oil lines, and power plants; they destroyed or burned important cities with valuable historical monuments and national civilizations by bombing them.
Although it is not possible to calculate all the damage caused yet, the preliminary investigation estimates damages to be around $500 billion.
In this event, there were extremely horrendous crimes that could not be shown, which included the following: decapitation of children, skinning men alive before their families, taking young girls and women hostage and raping them, burning people alive and group massacres of hundreds of young people.
The people of these countries, astounded by this poisonous storm, either became victims of the takfiri criminals or left their homes, displaced throughout other cities and countries.
In this dark sedition, thousands of mosques and sacred centers of Muslims were destroyed or ruined, and sometimes a mosque along with the Imam and all the people in it were blown up.
More than 6,000 young people, deceived in the name of defending Islam, blew themselves up by way of suicide bombings, using explosive vehicles at city squares, mosques, schools, even hospitals and public places of Muslims; as a result of these criminal acts, tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were martyred.
All these crimes have been designed and implemented by US leaders and organizations, according to the acknowledgement of the highest-ranking US official who is currently president of the United States; moreover, this scheme is still being modified and implemented by current American leaders.
What, in addition to the favour of God and the special grace of the great Prophet Muhammad and his honorable household (pbut), led to the defeat of this dark and dangerous conspiracy was the wise leadership and guidance of his Excellency, Ayatollah Sistani, who mobilized all facilities to deal with this toxic storm.
Certainly, the resistance of the Iraqi and Syrian governments and the perseverance of the armies and youths of these two countries, especially the holy Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi, and other Muslim youth from other countries with the prominent presence of Hezbollah led by its great leader, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, played an important role in overturning this dangerous event.

Definitely the valuable role of the nation and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran - the respected president in particular - the parliament, the Defense Ministry, as well as police, military and security organizations of our country, in supporting the above mentioned states and nations, is admirable.
This humble person, as a soldier called upon by your eminence to serve on this battlefield, announces the termination of the rule of this vicious cursed entity, following the completion of the liberation operation of Abu Kamal as ISIS' last fort, bringing down the flag of this US-Zionist made terrorist group, raising the flag of Syria. On behalf of all the commanders and anonymous fighters on the battlefield, the thousands of Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, Afghan and Pakistani martyred and disabled defenders of the holy shrine - who gave their lives to defend the lives and honor of Muslims and their sanctities - I congratulate and felicitate you and the noble nation of Islamic Iran, as well as the nations of Iraq, Syria, and other Muslims of the world. I prostrate before the Almighty God in gratitude for this great victory.

"And victory comes only from God, the All-mighty, the All-wise." Quran [3:126]

Your son and soldier,
Qasem Soleimani

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in reply to a letter of Major General Qassem Soleimani: "By disintegrating this cancerous and deadly tumor, you not only provided great service to regional countries and the Muslim world, but also all nations and the humanity," he stated. Khamenei hailed great efforts by the IRGC forces to eradicate the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, and said the victory over Daesh Takfiris was a heavy blow to treacherous plots aimed at inciting a civil war in the region, destroying the anti-Israeli resistance front and undermining independent countries. It also dealt a blow to the current and former US governments and their vassal regimes in the region who created the terrorist group and provided it with full support to expand their dominance in the Middle East and help the occupying Zionist regime dominate the region, he added.

However, Khamenei warned that the enemy's deceit should not be overlooked and said those who made huge investment to create the Daesh terrorist group would try to re-hatch their evil plots in another part of the region or in other forms. Khamenei stressed the importance of remaining vigilant and motivated, maintaining unity, removing any dangerous remnants of the terrorist group, conducting cultural activities and staying fully prepared.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, delivered televised speech on situation in Syria and across the Middle East. Nasrallah noted that recapturing Abu Kamal was a major victory over Daesh, because Abu Kamal was the last Syrian city occupied by Takfiris. "The US helped Daesh as much as it could in Abu Kamal short of directly engaging forces that fought to liberate the town from Isis," the Hezbollah leader noted. Nasrallah went on to note that the US provided Daesh terrorists with full air cover in Abu Kamal. "The US sent its drones to Abu Kamal and provided Isis with accurate information about what was going on," Nasrallah said, adding that "American forces also waged electronic warfare against forces that were fighting to liberate Abu Kamal."

"American forces also provided air transfer for Daesh commanders and facilitated their escape to eastern shores of the Euphrates," he said. Nasrallah stated that even Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the US for helping Daesh. Hezbollah leader noted that the victory over Isis was victory of Islamic values over terrorists’ savagery. Nasrallah also highlighted the role played by Major General Qassem Soleimani in anti-terror operations in both Iraq and Syria. He noted that Soleimani was commanding anti-Isis operations in the two countries at the frontline and was never a commander to issue orders from behind the lines. The Russian military command says Daesh pockets will be wiped out from Syria by year's end.

Marko Knežević

Marko Knežević is a historian and freelance journalist from Bar, Montenegro. He is a frequent traveller to the Middle East and East Asia.