This info-pack aims to reveal the personality of Qassem Soleimani and his critical role in Iran’s military strategy in the Middle East. It also examines how his killing may impact regional developments, particularly for three countries: Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Last but not least, this info-pack addresses the prospects for the future of US-Iran relations.

Merve Akın 27 January 2020

General Qassem Soleimani, former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, was the second-most powerful man in Iran and the mastermind behind Iran’s foreign policy in the Middle East. The head of the Quds Force was a key figure for Iran’s operations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Afghanistan. The West labelled him as a “shadow commander”, whereas many Iranians saw him as a “living martyr.” On January 3, 2020, his assassination by the United States shocked Iran and many other countries in the world. This incident has started a new phase of US-Iran antagonism. This info-pack aims to reveal the personality of Qassem Soleimani and his critical role in Iran’s military strategy in the Middle East. It also examines how his killing may impact regional developments, particularly for three countries: Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Last but not least, this info-pack addresses the prospects for the future of US-Iran relations.

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