Iraqi-American Sheikh Ibrahim Kazerooni praised deceased Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a sermon on Jan. 3 following his assassination by a U.S. drone strike, calling him a martyr for Islam and a warrior against U.S. imperialism.

Kazerooni gave his anti-American sermon from the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Mich. last week after Soleimani was deposed. He called the killing of Soleimani a “cowardly and heinous act” performed at the behest of Israel and Saudi Arabia.

He led a prayer for Soleimani and claimed the Iran-linked militia leader “brought hope to the marginalized [and] hatred and fear to the enemies of Islam, particularly the United States.” He credited Soleimani for protecting the Assad government in Syria from “American and Zionist” destabilization attempts against the regime.

Kazerooni also spread a conspiracy theory that ISIS in Iraq was the “extended arm of American foreign policy,” and credited Soleimani for ousting ISIS from Iraq as well. He also cited Islamic teachings about martyrdom in reference to Soleimani, and issued an ominous statement of sorts about retribution.

“Let’s wait and see what happens next,” Kazerooni said.

Dearborn is a notorious haven for radical Islam, and the former home of Henry Ford has grown into one of the biggest enclaves of Muslims within the U.S.

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