Who was Qassem Soleimani?

The U.S. has killed the second most powerful man in Iran — but what role did he play in the region?

Who was Iranian General Qassem Soleimani?

Considered Iran's number 2, he was killed by an American drone at Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020

The United States has just killed a general considered Iran's number 2. Qassem Soleimani led the Al-Quds force, a unit responsible for external interventions. He led all major military operations in Iran and briefed the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The 62-year-old spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East as head of Iran's elite Quds Force. The Quds Force has no equivalent in the U.S. but has been described as “analogous to a combined CIA and Special Forces,” according to an article in the New Yorker back in 2013. The Quds Force, which is estimated to consist of about 20,000 personnel, has been designated a terrorist group by the U.S. since 2007, according to reports from MarketWatch.

Towards an American Iranian conflict?

General Qassem Soleimani was killed by an American drone at Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020. He was killed at Baghdad airport, along with other Iran-backed militia figures, in a strike ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump. For the United States, he was a formidable adversary. The U.S. sees him as a terrorist. He allegedly was making plans to attack American diplomats and the military in Iraq and throughout the region.

In Iran, he was a hero

Soleimani was born in 1957 and spent nearly his entire adulthood in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which he joined after the 1979 revolution in Iran, according to the Wall Street Journal. Soleimani rose to prominence during the 1980–’88 Iran-Iraq War, and by 2013 had become one of Iran’s most important figures. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei therefore decreed a three-day national mourning and promised to avenge it. The death of Qassem Soleimani could have major consequences in the region and could lead to a US-Iranian conflict.


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  • Wafaisal W.
    03/07/2020 12:54

    New war is coming babeh 🧐

  • Daniel M.
    02/23/2020 02:07

    Sending prayers ~ World Peace ☮️

  • Jonathan O.
    02/09/2020 18:51

    Muslim are problem to the world

  • Leroy J.
    01/31/2020 23:11

    wow, he dose look like Sean Connery.

  • Robert N.
    01/31/2020 21:28

    Good. Thanks president Trump

  • Ismael F.
    01/31/2020 18:33

    Both Iran and usa goverment are evil

  • Chris C.
    01/31/2020 02:34

    No one sees him as a terrorist anymore, but a man of many pieces

  • Scot R.
    01/31/2020 00:03

    oh boy more brain wash propaganda.

  • Kyle P.
    01/30/2020 21:25

    This man was a terriost! Literally!!! He planned the attack on the US embassy! Did he think we wouldn't go after him? Probably, Because he still thought Obama was running things and that Trump was to found out didn't you.......

  • Daryll P.
    01/30/2020 13:16

    All of yall whining about this terrorist getting killed but think about it like this. If you have no heart for innocent woman and children getting killed then you need to dig in your pocket. Go find your local gunsmith/drug dealer. Buy you just a little 1 shot pistol and shoot yourself. Even his own people that fled his presence said they were thankful. Yes the USA needs to let them alone but it dont matter what country you are from. Dont come messing with We The People or the same consequences may happen to you. And for you dumb [email protected]&$ In the USA that dont like it then I'll be glad to loan you one of my guns so we can rid you of your dumbness

  • Booboo P.
    01/30/2020 03:03

    Should have got both of them

  • Tmidoinda M.
    01/29/2020 22:31


  • John E.
    01/29/2020 07:36

    Thee ol Salami USA put him on a cracker!

  • Farrokh S.
    01/29/2020 04:17


  • Steve A.
    01/29/2020 00:25

    Propaganda 😱

  • Sean H.
    01/28/2020 21:00

    Brut...just stop. I can only imagine what your profit margins are looking like right now. 😑

  • Peter K.
    01/28/2020 14:00

    America is known to atrocities for decades and America is the Phsycopathic of the world With Millions of Mental illness Time after Time President after president Have Show Deterioration to point of no return I Do Believe the Cocain used in America has been laced with a chemical Drug Known as Suplex10 when Stupid symptoms continue Ring One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest?

  • Jeffrey A.
    01/28/2020 03:30

    Fake News... Real Eyes Realize Real lies...

  • Roperto A.
    01/28/2020 03:06

    Lopior que uso troms fue eso nadien ya les tiene confianza por criminal mañana eso primero Dios delos pondré bíblico está bien legos de Dios comenzando con la cheris trinida

  • Charles E.
    01/27/2020 19:56

    glad we fried that dirtbag. he is responsible for more American deaths than any other TERRORIST leader. play stupid games, win stupid prizes.