The one-year anniversary of the US assassination of Revolutionary Guard Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani is rapidly approaching. Soleimani was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on 3 January 2020 in a drone strike ordered by US President Donald Trump. Iran responded by launching missiles at US bases in Iraq, and has threatened further revenge attacks.
Qasem Soleimani was killed because he had the power to stop America’s “hegemonic schemes,” Naim Qassem, deputy secretary general of Lebanese political movement and militant group Hezbollah has suggested.
“General Soleimani would not be occupying such a lofty place in the hearts of people, had it not been for his achievements and for the victories of the resistance front that took place under his watch,” Qassem added.
Soleimani was known to maintain close ties with Hezbollah, once revealing in an interview that he and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah barely escaped an Israeli drone strike during the 2006 Lebanon-israel War. During the conflict, the commander provided advisory support to the Lebanese militia group in its guerrilla war against the israel Defence Force, bogging down IDF troops and helping to prevent a decisive Israeli victory. In February 2020, Hezbollah erected a statue in Soleimani’s honour on Lebanon’s border overlooking Israel.
As commander of Iran’s Quds Force, an elite unit of the Revolutionary Guards responsible for extraterritorial…