An unnamed Iraqi Shiite cleric who supports the Iranian regime is seen in this footage lauding Major-General Qassem Suleimani, the infamous senior Iranian military officer, commander of the Tehran regime’s ‘Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and, since 1998, commander of its Quds Force division. In his speech, he boasts that if there are any problems for the USA, Saudi Arabia or Israel, Suleimani is behind them.
Speaking to Iraqi supporters of Tehran at a husseiniya (congregation hall for Shia memorial ceremonies), the unnamed Iraqi cleric says: “Why do they attack Qassem Suleimani? You do not know Qassem Suleimani, but I and others know Qassem Suleimani. Let me say sincerely that the majority of those who talk about Qassem Suleimani would like simply to visit him. I swear to God, they would love just to see him by sending letters to him.”
Talking about Suleimani’s great popularity, the cleric continues, “There is no difference and no exception in the popularity of Qassem Suleimani among all groups and classes, whether Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Arabs or Turkmen, who all continuously visit this man. I don’t want to reveal any secrets, but let me give an example: Three years ago, I needed catheterization surgery. I had the operation in an Iranian hospital in Tehran, then the man [Suleimani] came and visited me in the hospital. I thanked him and told him, ‘I wasn’t expecting you to come and visit me. Why do you want to visit me? You’re a busy man and there is no need for this.’ He told me, ‘Because there’s a friend of yours who is also ill in the second room down the hall from your own.’ I asked him, ‘Who is this friend?’ He told me, ‘The name of this man won’t come to your mind, not even in your dreams.’ Then I said to him, ‘As soon as I feel able to move myself and can walk, I’ll go and visit him [the unidentified patient-friend],’ then Qassem Suleimani said, ‘Okay I’ll let him know that you’ll come and visit him.’
After recounting this anecdote, the cleric continued, “What I want to say is that the majority of those tongues that speak against Qassem Suleimani are at the same time to their [Iran’s] hospitals and being treated there and receiving their [Iranian] hospitality and many other things.(1:30”) Do not deceive the people! The only problem [they have] with Qassem Suleimani is if they are panicking and intimidated by entering Israel. Qassem Suleimani is behind it. I am saying officially and formally that if there is a problem created for the United States of America, then Qassem Suleimani will be responsible for it; if there is any problem created for the House of Saud [the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] and any others in the region, then Qassem Suleimani will be the partner in and behind this issue. So understand this war and understand why they are targeting Qassem Suleimani. Do you want me to reveal the secret things greater than this and expose the truth and let the cats out of the bag? You know that I know about these issues.”