In the early hours of January 3, U.S. officials confirmed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps'Al-Quds Brigade commander, Lt. Gen. Kasim Suleimani, was killed by air strikes near Baghdad airport in Iraq.
As commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, the elite special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Suleimani has been responsible for leading the Al-Quds Brigade's operations abroad in Iran and is seen as one of the most influential figures in the Iranian military. This time he was killed by u. s.air raids, fearing iranian retaliation against the u. s.and the risk of armed conflict between iran and the united states will increase.
In the early hours of the morning, at least eight people were killed and 12 injured when two cars coming from Baghdad's airport were hit by air strikes, Iraqi military said in a statement on Wednesday.
Iraq's shia militia, the people's mobilization group, later announced that five members of the group had been killed in the airstrikes, and that two of its \"guests\" had been killed in two cars that had left the airport in baghdad. Suleimani from iran is believed to be one of the two \"guests \". Senior Iraqi officials say Suleimani's body was identified by the ring he was wearing, according to the Associated Press.
Abu Arabiya, deputy leader of the People's Mobilization Organisation, noted. Mahdi? Mohamedis was also killed in the air raid. He was involved in the group's supporters'siege and attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad between December 31,2019 and January 1,2020, the report said.
On Wednesday, Reuters quoted unnamed U.S. officials as saying that \"U.S. forces bombed two Iranian-related targets in Baghdad on Wednesday.\" The U.S. Department of Defense later said it was U.S. President Donald Trump who ordered the assassination of Suleimani. President Donald Trump tweeted an image of the American flag following the news of the death of Suleimani. In the wake of the attack, global oil prices soared by more than 4 per cent, the BBC reported.
According to the data, Suleimani was born in southeastern Iran's Kerman province in 1957, his family is not well-off, parents are poor farmers. In his youth, Suleimani moved to Kerman, the provincial capital, as a construction worker to pay his father's debt. In 1975, mr. sulimani moved to work as a contractor for kerman water. In his spare time, Suleimani goes to the gym to lift weights, or to the mosque to listen to Hojjat Kamyab, followers of Iran's Shia Grand Ayatollah Khomeini.
According to a previous report on the Al-Monitor news website, in 1979, the Islamic revolution took place in Iran, the fall of the Balevi dynasty, Khomeini began to take the reins of the Iranian regime, and Suleimani joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that year. Although at first he was only a security guard, he was promoted very quickly.
During the Iraq-Iraq war, Suleimani led the forces of the Kermans, who he personally assembled and trained, against the invading Iraqi forces and succeeded in regaining the land occupied by Iraq.
Subsequently, Sulaymanni was quickly known throughout the country for his bravery and was promoted again as commander of the 41st Sarallah Division, when he was in his twenties.
In addition to fighting on the front battlefield, Suleimani went deep into enemy camps and was responsible for directing and organizing guerrilla warfare in neighboring Iraq, during which Suleimani established contacts with Iraqi Kurds and Iraqi Shiites, both of whom opposed then-ruled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
After the end of the Iran-Iraq war, Suleimani served as commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Kerman province in 1990 and was involved in the fight against cross-border drug trafficking. From the end of 1997 to the beginning of 1998, the eminently successful Suleimani rose to the rank of Commander of the Al-Quds Brigade for more than twenty years.
The 《 New Yorker magazine notes that after serving as commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, Suleimani began serving as the "architect" of the Lebanese Shiite military and political organization, the military arm of Hezbollah, which the BBC reported was founded during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon with Iranian funding.
As commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, the elite special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Suleimani has long led its operations abroad in Iran. After the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, Suleimani seized on Iraq's domestic power vacuum and sent a large number of Al-Quds operatives into southern Iraq to support local \"Mahdi troops\" against U.S. forces, as well as secretly supplying weapons to Sunni resistance, according to the U.S.\" global security \"website.
In 2008, Suleimani was involved in mediation between Iraqi government forces and Iraq's Shi'ite militia, the Mahdi Army, and succeeded in reaching a cease-fire between the two.
In 2011, Suleimani was promoted to Major General by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who spoke highly of Suleimani as a \"living martyr.\"
Mr. Suleimani, who has long been in charge of Iran's intelligence and secret military operations, told senior Iraqi intelligence officials that he was \"the sole authority for Iran's operations in Iraq.\"
In 2011, civil unrest broke out in syria, the following year mr. sulimani began directing iran's military intervention in syria, coordinating with commanders of hizbullah in lebanon and leaders of iraq's shia militias at a base in the syrian capital, damascus, to assist syrian government forces in their operations against syrian rebels and extremist groups.
< The New Yorker magazine reported that the Al-Quds Brigade under the command of Sulaymanni had \"coordinated the offensive for the Syrian government forces, trained the militia, the Syrian National Defence Force (NDF), and established a sound system of surveillance of opposition communications \", while thousands of Al-Quds Brigade soldiers fought Iraqi Shiite militia in Syria. The BBC noted that it was under Sulaymani's command that Syrian government forces were able to recover key towns, including Aleppo, in succession.
In addition to directing al-Quds operations in Syria, the Al-Quds Al-Sharif Brigades, led by Suleimani, began its military campaign against extremist groups in Iraq in 2014, providing arms, ammunition and intelligence support to Iraqi government forces and Iraqi Shi'ite militias following the fall of the northern Iraqi town of Mosul by the extremist group Islamic State.
According to the BBC, Iraq, relying on Iranian aid, successfully repelled extremist groups besieging Amiri in 2014. According to the israeli times, mr. sulimani himself has been on the front line several times to direct the battle, and never wear bulletproof jackets, several shia militia leaders called mr. sulimani \"fearless \". In 2015, Iraq succeeded in recovering Tikrit with the assistance of the Al-Quds Brigade in Suleimanni, laying the groundwork for the eventual defeat of the forces of extremist groups in Iraq and the recovery of the entire occupied territory.
In the wake of the attack on Sleimani, Iranian Foreign Minister Sergei Zarif tweeted," The American assassination against Kassem Suleimani is an act of international terrorism. Suleimani is the most effective force against the Islamic State extremist groups, the Sham Liberation Organization, Al Qaeda and so on. This is a dangerous and foolish escalation. Zarif further stressed that the United States would be held responsible for all the consequences of its "rogue adventurism.”
During his time as commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, Suleimani was repeatedly killed. The Associated Press (AP) reported that Suleimani was killed in a plane crash in northwestern Iran in 2006 that killed several Iranian officers, in Damascus in 2012, along with several senior Syrian government officials, and in 2015, Suleimani was again killed or seriously wounded while attacking Aleppo with Syrian government forces.
It was also reported by the Iranian news agency Fars in October 2019 that, on 3 October, the intelligence director of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hussein Taib, confirmed that Iran had thwarted an attack against Sulaymani in September and had captured \"Israeli and Arab intelligence agents \". According to tayib, the foreign intelligence agents intended to buy a piece of land next to suleimanni's father's cemetery to lay bombs in order to carry out an explosive attack at the beginning of september.
In the aftermath of the attack and death of surimani, long's foreign minister, mr zarif, called america's \"international terrorism\" an extremely dangerous and foolish escalation. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a harsh revenge waited for the \"criminal\" who killed Suleimani, Russian satellite news agency reported on Wednesday. In addition, iran's foreign ministry has summoned swiss diplomats in iran representing american interests over the attack on sulaimani, according to afp.
“The death of Suleimani is a potential turning point in the Middle East and is expected to provoke serious Iranian retaliation against forces in the Middle East that support the interests of Israel and the United States." The Associated Press commented on Wednesday.
Mr. wang, a researcher at northwestern university's center for syrian studies and an associate professor at the northwestern university's middle east institute, told the news that mr. sulaimani's death would likely stimulate attacks by shia forces in the middle east linked to iran on the u.s. and its middle east allies.\" If mr. sulaimani does die, he will be seen as a martyr by iran, which would certainly increase the risk of a new round of regional unrest.\" Wang Jin analysis said.
Mr Wang stressed that Iran's domestic hardliners, especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, were likely to use it to launch and mobilize more action to show strength. \"Given Iran's parliamentary elections this year, political forces are bound to play a new game, using the assassination of Suleimani. said Wang Jin.
U.S. Defense Secretary Esper threatened to launch a \"pre-emptive strike\" against Iran-backed Shiite militant groups, the U.S. political news website Politico reported on Tuesday. \"If the U.S. is to learn that there are imminent attacks or signs of some kind of attack by Shi'ite forces, the U.S. will carry out a pre-emptive strike against them to protect U.S. interests and protect the lives of U.S. citizens.\" \"The game has changed,\" Esper said.
In response, mr wang believes that the risk of a conflict between the united states and iran in the middle east, especially in iraq, syria and other countries, has increased further after the death of sulaimani,\" iran and its support of the armed forces will be stationed with the united states in the local military personnel to break out armed conflict.\"