One year after the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, Iranians are still angry with the US, says a Tehran-based expert. And although the country did respond to the murder with missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, the real response, he says, is still to come.
It’s been a year since a US drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, a top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Mohammed Marandi, a political analyst from the University of Tehran, says the people of his country are still grieving the assassinated general.
For Iranians, Soleimani was a celebrated and devoted soldier, loyal to the government.
But for Israel and its allies, he was the one who allegedly helped build and train militias in the Middle East to threaten the Jewish state. Tel Aviv claims that Soleimani, who was the Quds Force commander, sent reinforcements to Syria to fight with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and Iraq to fight against Daesh*, al-Qaeda*, and their affiliates. Iran has denied deploying troops to Syria, saying they only sent military advisers there.
Solemani’s achievements were so numerous and his importance so obvious that his assassination triggered a number of articles and analyses suggesting Iran would never be able to recover following his demise. But Marandi says his country “is not dependent on individuals”.
Following Soleimani’s assassination, Iran promoted Esmail Ghaani to commander of the Quds Force, and although his abilities were…