According to ashoora reporting from Farsnews:
“These measures (assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh) have been made out of desperation,” General Hatami said in a meeting with new Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in Tehran on Tuesday.
He added that the enemies have spared no attempts against the Iranian nation, noting that Syria had also the same experience in the past few years.
General Hatami also underlined Iran’s determination to cooperate with Syria in reconstruction efforts.
Mekdad, for his part, condemned the assassination of martyr Fakhrizadeh, and said, “Continued move and progress by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s Armed Forces despite the hostilities of the US and the Zionist regime is a source of honor, and certainly, these assassinations will not stop Iran from paving the path of scientific and defensive progress.”
Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh's car was targeted by an explosion and machinegun fire in Damavand's Absard 40 kilometers to the East of Tehran on November 27.
The nuclear scientist and one of his companions were immediately taken to a nearby hospital but he could not be saved.
Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the assassination bears all the hallmarks of the Israeli regime.
Also, Lieutenant General Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3, 2020.
Lieutenant General Soleimani
The airstrike also martyred deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Five Iranian and five Iraqi military men were martyred by the missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.
On January 8 and after the funeral ceremony of General Soleimani, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.