Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was considered by some to be the second most powerful person in Iran behind Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his right-hand man. He died in a targeted U.S. drone strike on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad. Hours after his burial, the Iranian military launched missiles against U. s. bases in Iraq.
About Qasem Soleimani in brief
Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was considered by some to be the second most powerful person in Iran behind Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his right-hand man. He died in a targeted U. S. drone strike on 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, which was approved by U.S. President Donald Trump. Hours after his burial, the Iranian military launched missiles against U. s. bases in Iraq; while no lives were lost in the second attack, the Pentagon reported that 110 U. S. troops were wounded as a result. He joined the Revolutionary Guard in 1979 following the Iranian Revolution, and rose through the ranks to become commander of the 41st Tharallah Division in his 20s. In the late 1990s, he became commander of its Quds Force, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations. He coordinated Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia militia forces in Iraq, and assisted them during the expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in 2014. In 2012, he helped bolster the government of Syria and its president, Bashar al-Assad, a key Iranian ally. In 2005, he was personally sanctioned by the U.N. and the European Union and was designated as a terrorist by the United States in 2005. He opposed the IRGC’s leadership’s plan to deploy forces to two western islands in the western Persian Gulf, and opposed the Badr Organization’s leadership in Iraq.
He also opposed the Iraqi leaders Badr and Badr Badr, both opposed to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, and both opposed the Iranian government’s decision to deploy troops to the islands. In a 1990 interview, he mentioned Operation Fath-ol-Mobin as the best and most memorable operation he participated in, due to its difficulties yet positive outcome. In his later years, he said he was involved in organizing and organizing deep warfare inside Iraq by the Ramadan Headquarters by the Iraqi government. He had a reputation for bravery, and was seriously injured in Operation Tariq-Mathol-ol. He later became involved in the suppression of a Kurdish separatist uprising in West Azerbaijan Province. When not at work, he spent his time with weight training in local gyms, or attending the sermons of Hojjat Kamyab, a preacher and a protégé ofAli Khamenei, who according to Soleimini incited him to \”revolutionary activities\”. He was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January 2020, and a multi-city funeral was held in Iraq and Iran for him and other casualties. He is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren and a son-in-law, and two step-grandchildren. His death has been described as a “senseless act of cowardice” by the Iranian media and the United Nations. The Iranian government has condemned the drone strike as an act of war against its own people.