A senior Iranian diplomat has rejected reports that Major General Qasem Soleimani, a commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has been injured in Iraq.
“Major General Soleimani is in good health and the news [that he is wounded] is false,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday.
Some Western media reported earlier in the day that the Iranian commander has sustained serious wounds in an attack by the ISIL Takfiri militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra.
“He (Major General Soleimani) is in Iran,” Amir-Abdollahian added.
The Iranian diplomat further said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will vigorously continue fighting terrorism and helping countries subject to the threat of terrorism.”
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against ISIL in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.
At the onset of the ISIL advances in Iraq, the Islamic Republic took rapid steps to mobilize popular forces in the country.
Tehran has also refused to join the so-called US-led coalition against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
The Takfiri terrorists have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Syrian and Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds.