President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on uTuesday declared the end of Islamic State in an address broadcast live on state TV .
A senior commander of Iran’ s Revolutionary Guards , Maj . -Gen . Qassem Soleimani , also declared the end of Islamic State in a message sent to the country’ s supreme leader Tuesday which was published on Sepah News , the news site of the Guards.
Videos and pictures of Soleimani , who commands the Quds Force , the branch of the Guards responsible for operations outside of Iran ’ s borders, at frontline positions in battles against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have been posted frequently by Iranian media in recent years .
On Friday, Iranian media published pictures of Soleimani Kamal in eastern Syria , a town which Soleimani said Tuesday was the last territory retaken from Islamic State control in the region.
The Revolutionary Guards , Iran’ s most powerful military force which also oversees an economic empire worth billions of dollars , has been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar al – Assad and the central government in Baghdad for several years.
No fewer than a thousand members of the Guards , including senior commanders , have been killed in Syria and Iraq.
( Reuters/NAN )