Former US CIA chief David Petraeus said in an interview that the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was a far greater event than the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“They (in the presence of our army) have never demonstrated the courage to step on Iraqi soil,” former US CIA chief Gen. Petraeus said in reference to the Iraqi operations of his era.
In an interview to US channel CBS, General Petraeus said that it was impossible to exaggerate the significance of the attack in Baghdad, in which Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and other Iraqi militia leaders were killed.
On the other hand, the funeral of General Qasem Soleimani was offered in Tehran.
General Petraeus revealed that the United States had lost the opportunity to target the Iraqi militia leader and he fled, “so his death is even bigger news than Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the founder of ISIS, whose death was confirmed by US President Donald Trump in October 2019.
According to General Petraeus, “Qasem Soleimani‘s importance to Iran was as much as the US CIA director, or a presidential envoy in the region. He was one of Iran’s most powerful figures.”
The funeral prayer of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of Al-Quds Force in the Iranian capital Tehran, was offered by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Addressing the funeral attendants, Zainab Soleimani, Qasem Soleimani’s daughter, reacted angrily to his father’s death and threatened to avenge Qasem Soleimani.
On the occasion, the new commander of the Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, said that after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, revenge from the United States would surely take place.