|Nickname(s)||“Haj Qassem” (among supporters)|
“The Shadow Commander” (in the West)
|Born||11 March 1957|
Qanat-e Malek, Kerman, Imperial State of Iran
|Died||3 January 2020 (aged 62)|
near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad Governorate, Iraq
|Service/||Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps|
|Years of service||1979–2020|
|Commands held||41st Tharallah Division of Kerman|
See wars and battles
|Awards||Order of Zolfaghar|
Order of Fath
Who is Qasim Soleimani?
Qasem Soleimani, who was born on 11 March 1957 and died on 3rd of January 2020, was known to be a major general of the Iranian army in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and commander of its Quds Force from 1998 until his death, a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.
Soleimani started his military career at the beginning of the 1980s’ Iran-Iraq War, during which he finally commanded the 41st Division. He was subsequently involved in extraterritorial operations, providing Hezbollah in Lebanon with military assistance.
Qasem Soleimani – Early life
On March 11, 1957, Soleimani was born. Different sources provide conflicting evidence of his birthplace: the Iranian government maintains that he was born in the village of Qanat-e Malek, Kerman Province, while the U.S. State Department identified his birthplace as Qom, Qom Province in 2007.
Qasem Soleimani moved to Kerman’s city in his youth and worked as a construction worker to help repay his father’s debt. He started working for the Kerman Water Organization as a contractor in 1975. He spent his time lifting weights in local gyms when not at work and hearing the sermons of a traveling preacher, Hojjat Kamyab, Ali Khamenei’s protege.
In March 2007, Soleimani was included in the UN Security Council Resolution 1747 on a list of Iranian individuals threatened with sanctions. On 18 May 2011, the United States, along with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other top Syrian officials, expelled him again because of his alleged involvement in supplying the Syrian government with material support.
Qasem Soleimani Death
On 3 January 2020, Qasem Soleimani was killed around 1 a.m. local time (22:00 UTC on 2 January), after his convoy near Baghdad International Airport was targeted by missiles from American drones. He had just left his plane from Lebanon or Syria, arriving in Iraq. Using a ring he wore on his finger, his body was marked with DNA confirmation still pending.
Four leaders of the Popular Mobilization Forces were also killed, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of the PMF’s Iraqi-Iranian force.
Several former and current officials of national security welcomed the attack, saying it was supposed to be done years ago. But while previous administrations may have had chances of killing the general, it was generally believed that the move would be too escalating to confrontation with Iran, something many opponents of Trump are now warning about.
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