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Qasem Soleimani

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Soleimani in his official military dress with the Order of Zolfaghar in 2019
  • From 1998 until his death in 2020, he was commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.
  • He was considered the second most powerful person in Iran behind Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as being his right-hand man.
  • Soleimani initially worked in construction[1] before joining the Revolutionary Guards in 1979 and assembling and leading a company of men when the Iran–Iraq War began in 1980, rising through the ranks to become commander of the 41st Division in his 20s.
  • Following September 11th, 2001, Iranian diplomats under his direction collaborated with the U.S. to fight the Taliban.[2]
  • Soleimani was widely popular among Iranians, who viewed him as a "selfless hero fighting Iran's enemies"
  • Soleimani was one of the first to support Kurdish forces, providing them with arms.
  • In 2012, Soleimani helped bolster the government of Bashar al-Assad, a key Iranian ally, during Iran's operations in the Syrian Civil War and helped to plan the Russian military intervention in Syria.[3]
  • Soleimani was killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, which was approved by President Donald Trump.
  • Hours after Soleimani's burial on 7 January 2020, the Iranian military launched missiles against U.S. bases in Iraq; no American or Iraqi lives were lost in the attack.[4]
  • https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/voa-news-iran/irans-shadowy-military-commander-may-prove-tough-foe-death
  • https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-soleimani-insigh/how-iranian-general-plotted-out-syrian-assault-in-moscow-idUSKCN0S02BV20151006
  • https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-to-make-statement-on-iranian-missile-strikes-assures-nation-all-is-well