Khamenei website posts illustration of slain General Soleimani with Imam Hussain
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s official website has posted a photo illustration showing slain IRGC-Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in an embrace with Imam Hussain.
In the photo, Imam Hussain’s face is not shown as he is illustrated in an embrace with Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad on Friday.
The painting was commissioned and drawn by Iranian artist Hasan Rouh al-Amin, according to the website of Iran’s Young Journalists Club, a pro-government Iranian news agency.
Imam Hussain ibn Ali is one of the grandsons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned that “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the US after the airstrike, calling Soleimani the “international face of resistance.”
Khamenei declared three days of public mourning and appointed Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, Soleimani’s deputy, to replace him as head of the Quds Force.
Soleimani, a 62-year-old general who headed the overseas arm of the Revolutionary Guards, was regarded as the second most powerful figure after Supreme Leader Khamenei.