The Syrian National Coalition said that Qassem Soleimani was a war criminal, stressing that his death marked the end of one of the most brutal war criminals who was responsible for endless crimes in Syria and the region.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC's) Quds Force Qassem Soleimani was involved in massacres and the displacement of millions of Syrians from their homes. It stressed that the war criminal Soleimani played a pivotal role in the deterioration of the situation in Syria.
“Millions of Syrians have the right to express their hope that Soleimani’s death and his exit from the sphere of influence will usher the beginning of the end of the criminal, sectarian militias,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities with regards to the crimes and criminals in an international and legal framework through positions that are not limited to going after some criminals and the heads of terrorism while leaving others at large.
“Such crimes require real, decisive confrontation with terrorist regimes and the states that sponsor and support them as well as referring these crimes to the International Criminal Court.”
On Friday morning, the United States announced it had killed Soleimani along with the Deputy Head of the Iraqi People's Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in a precision drone strike near Baghdad International Airport. Washington said that the strike “was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National National said that the Assad regime continues its criminal, terrorist attacks against the Syrian people as the world celebrated the new year. On the New Year’s Eve, regime forces committed a massacre against pupils of a primary school and a kindergarten in the town of Sarmin in rural Idlib.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that the deadly attack on Sarmin is a “brutal crime that took place in front of everyone as part of series of crimes committed right under the nose of the international community in violation of international resolutions and international law.”
“Leaders of the free world did not bother to condemn this heinous crime nor did they assume their responsibilities and duties towards civilians,” the Coalition added.
“The international community and international actors are well aware of what is going on on the ground. It is imperative, therefore, that they give up their passive role that the regime uses as a green light to commit more crimes; put an immediate end to this barbaric campaign, and fulfill their duties to impose an urgent solution in line with international resolutions.”
The bombing, which took place as schoolchildren were leaving school, resulted in the death of five schoolchildren and four other civilians, as well as injured many others, including children and teachers in a nearby kindergarten. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)