Qassem Soleimani – Most Wanted Shadow Commander in the Middle East
On Friday, January 3, 2020, early morning the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani and Kata’ib Hezbollah militia chief, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in a U.S. strike in Baghdad.
Soleimani was the most influential Iranian military figure and the architect of Iranian regime terror in the Middle East. Soleimani was representative of the Iran regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
He was responsible for 7 attacks against Iran’s main Opposition movement the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in camps Ashraf and Liberty between 2003 and 2016.
Qassem Soleimani was born on March 11, 1957, in a village close to Raber county in Kerman, a province in southeast Iran. He left Raber when he was 13 years old and since 1975 he worked as a Contractor in Kerman Water Organization and in 1977 became acquainted with Islamic extremist thoughts.
Qassem Soleimani was the commander of the terrorist Quds Force, the extraterritorial force of the Islamic #IRGC. Although he had no military education, he rose to the IRGC command because of his ruthlessnesshttps://t.co/pNg1ebK9yd@USAdarFarsi #Iran #IRGCTerrorists #IRGC_Out pic.twitter.com/WGV362c6rS
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 3, 2020
Quick after the Iranian revolution in 1979 Soleimani joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Kerman and very soon became one of the main cadres of this repressive force. As an IRGC member, he participated in the suppression of the Kurds in 1980 in Mahabad by Khomeini’s order. After his return from Mahabad, he was named Head of IRGC in Kerman.
During the 80s in Iran – Iraq War
At the start of the Iran-Iraq war, Soleimani trained and dispatched several troops of Kerman to war. He was later sent to Sousangerd as head of a military company. He became commander of the mechanized 41 brigades of the Sarallah Division. He was at that time responsible of various attacks and killings of MEK members.
Soleimani is introduced as a person with no military academic knowledge and had learned military tactics by personal experience. He once claimed that the Iran – Iraq war was one the “cheapest” and that Israel is in the range of Iranian missiles.
Soleimani participated in almost all Iranian regime’s operations during Iran – Iraq war, the most important was “Valfajr 8”, “Conquest of Faw”, “Karbala 4”, “Karbala 5” and “Shalamcheh”.
After the end of the war in 1988, he returned to Kerman and commanded his brigade to suppress any people’s protests and uprising in the eastern side of the country. He also became the head of the IRGC forces in southern Iran.
Qassem Soleimani was appointed in 1998 as the head of the terrorist Quds Force by Khamenei. From then, Soleimani was the key figure in all regime’s terrorist activities, recruitments, the export of Islamic extremism throughout the region, in Africa and even in the Europe and U.S. by the Quds Force. Soleimani was Khamenei’s adviser about events in these countries. Including in Afghanistan and Iraq. He advised Khamenei and had the last word in the National Security Council of the regime regarding events in these countries.
Soleimani was seen as Iran’s second “foreign minister” and was responsible for the Iranian regime’s influential policies and plans in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.
In 2011, he was promoted to Major General and has twice received a medal from Khamenei.
In a speech to Islamic Haghani school graduates in the holy city Qom on May 22, 2011, Soleimani said “Today, Iran’s defeat or victory is not handled in Mehran or Khoramshahr. Our borders are much broader, we must witness the victory of the Islamic Republic in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.”
In an article published on September 23, 2013, in The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins called Qassem Soleimani the “Shadow Commander”.
“Suleimani took command of the Quds Force fifteen years ago, and in that time he has sought to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, working as a power broker and as a military force: assassinating rivals, arming allies, and, for most of a decade, directing a network of militant groups that killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned Suleimani for his role in supporting the Assad regime, and for abetting terrorism.”
A villager young boy, who barely studied until the fifth grade, became the Iranian regime’s top of the indicators. From a poor young peasant and construction worker in a deprived part of the country, Soleimani became a cruel killer and executioner who used millions of dollars of possibilities of an oil-based country to execute malicious plans of an extremist regime. Qassem Soleimani is someone that the world witnessed his massive crimes and bloodshed in the region.
Iranian Resistance Call
Alireza Jafarzadeh. The Deputy Director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) U.S. representative, said in his interview with Fox News that Soleimani’s death is “a game-changer, speeding the wheels of change in Iran as well as Iraq.”
President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, described the elimination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mehdi Muhandes, the head of Iraq’s suppressive Bassij force, as an “irreparable blow to the clerical regime.”
Hundreds of missile and rocket attacks, hostage taking, car bombs, explosions of civilian buses and cars, and other terrorist operations in the years following the invasion of Iraq were organized and carried out by the terrorist IRGC Quds Force commanded by #QassemSoleimani #Iran
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 3, 2020
In a statement issued on January 3, Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that “the time had come to evict the mullahs from the region, especially from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and expel the IRGC from these countries. In this way, Iraq, which had been delivered by the United States to the clerical regime on a silver platter, will be liberated from the yoke of the religious fascism ruling Iran.”
Qassem Soleimani was one of the most vicious criminals in Iran’s history. He was personally involved in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of people in the region and in driving millions of others from their homes. He was also the mastermind of the massacre of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq) in Camp Ashraf in Iraq, and of many other terrorist operations against the Iranian Resistance in that country, in Iran, and in other countries. With his elimination, the process of overthrowing the mullahs will be greatly expedited.
Moreover, with the death of the criminal Abu Mehdi Muhandes, the head of Iranian regime’s proxy Bassij force in Iraq and a notorious murderer, whose crimes had been exposed by the Iranian Resistance since two decades ago, the time has come for the victory of the Iraqi people’s uprising and the liberation of Iraq from the Iranian regime’s occupation.
“While the prospects for the ruling theocracy’s overthrow is within reach, it is time for the regime’s armed forces to refrain from firing on the Iranian people, lay down their weapons and surrender. The armed forces’ patriotic personnel must join the people of Iran,” Mrs. Rajavi added.
Maryam Rajavi also recalled:
“The martyrdom of at least 1,500 children of the Iranian people and endless arrests during the November 2019 uprising, Mrs. Rajavi underscored: The international community, especially the European Union, must end the policy of appeasement and recognize the right of the Iranian people to resist and rise for freedom to replace popular sovereignty in place of the mullahs’ rule.”