Who Was General Qasem Soleimani?
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The US' act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 3, 2020
The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.
62-year-old Soleimani was said to have ran covert military operations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen through the Quds Force and was also involved in attacks on Israeli targets worldwide.
After the Islamic Revolution, he joined the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and fought in the Iran-Iraq war during 1980-88. He quickly rose up the ranks as a master strategist with strong leadership skills. He was appointed head of the Quds Force in 1998. The force was primarily founded as an elite unit to help the Kurds in their campaign against Saddam Hussein and to consolidate the loyalty of the Iranian army. Ironically, Soleimani also briefly cooperated with the US after it invaded Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.
Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. pic.twitter.com/huFcae3ap4— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 3, 2020