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Who Was General Qasem Soleimani ?

Major General Qasem Soleimani is dead, Many of you don’t know him. Some Middle Eastern analyst one said about General Soleimani that he is not a man. He is the punch of Iran’s secret and open foreign policy in the Middle East. Arming and training the Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas, arming and training almost all the Iraqi militias and Yemini Houthi militias, arming and training of the Syrian military and paramilitary forces, devising the strategy to defend the Syrian regime and completely eliminating the ISIS from Iraq.

Name anything involving war in the Middle East and General Soleimani was the architect of it. He was the head of the Quds Force, which is the most important and strategic wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Soleimani expanded the Quds Force and made it the most powerful and feared organization in the Middle East.

Born in 1957, to a poor peasant family in Kerman province, Soleimani worked as a construction worker to pay off his father’s debts. In day time he used to work, in the evening he used to go to a local gym for weight training and Karate, and at night he used to listen to a traveling preacher called Hojjat Kamyab, who was the student of Ayatollah Khomeini. After the Islamic revolution he joined the Revolutionary Guards and fought against the Kurdish uprisings in Iran. In Iran-Iraq war he fought on the front lines as the young company commander.

An unseen photo of Ayatollah Khamenei presenting a copy of Quran to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, with Major General Soleimani in attendance. The photo was taken in the year 2000.

He successfully took back several Iranian territories occupied by the Iraqi forces and very quickly earned the reputation of a brave military leader. When the war ended after 8 years, he was a divisional commander. In 1990’s, when Iran was facing severe problems due to the trafficking of drugs from Afghanistan to Turkey, General Soleimani was given the task to eliminate the powerful Iranian cartels. He ruthlessly crushed the drug trafficking channels that were passing through Iran.

He was the personal favorite of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who used to call Soleimani as the “Living Martyr”. The CIA described him as “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today”. In the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, General Soleimani was himself present in southern Lebanon controlling the operations. When for the very first time in history the Israeli Army returned without defeating an Arab army, a war analyst at Pentagon called him, “Iran’s very own Erwin Rommel”, comparing him with the greatest German general of Second World War. When the government of Bashar al-Assad came under heavy attack by the rebels from all sides, Soleimani was believed to be controlling operations from Damascus. In which he coordinated the joint defense of Syrian army Hezbullah and Iraqi militias. Throughout the Middle East there are many legends about him.

Some evening he would be seen in Najaf and the next day he will appear in Aleppo or Beirut. He was all over the place doing almost everything that was making news in Arab tabloids and TV shows.

It was not the first time that the news of Soleimani’s death have appeared everywhere in the news. Many times before he was rumored to be killed, but this time it appears that finally he is taken down. The death of Qasem Soleimani will leave a huge void in Iranian foreign policy in the Middle East. It is definitely a devastating blow for Iran and its allies, the consequences of which will become clear in coming days. But this will come as a great relief for countries like Israel, Saudi Arabia and United States of America, who have almost always seen Soleimani fighting against their interest directly or indirectly. Although it will not be the end of Tehran’s interest in various conflict zones, but it will definitely effect the clandestine activities of Quds Force across the Arabian peninsula. For now, the situation is uncertain regarding how Iran will react to their big loss.

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