Will Come To Regret Its
Assassination of Qassim
2 January, 2020
the U.S. declared
Iran and Iraq.
is what it will get.
today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major
General Qassim Soleimani, the famous
the Iranian Quds (‘Jerusalem’) force, while he left the airport of
Baghdad where he had just arrived. He had planned
to attend the
funeral of the 31 Iraqi soldiers the U.S. had
December 29 at the Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim.
Quds force is the external arm of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary
Guards Corps. Soleiman was responsible for all relations between Iran
and political and militant movements outside of Iran. Hajji Qassim
advised the Lebanese Hisbullah during the 2006 war against Israel.
His support for Iraqi groups enabled them to kick the U.S. invaders
out of Iraq. He was the man responsible for, and successful in,
defeating the Islamic State in iraq and Syria. In 2015 Soleimani
traveled to Moscow and convinced Russia to intervene in Syria. His
support for the Houthi in Yemen enabled them to withstand the Saudi
had arrived in Baghdad on a normal flight from Lebanon. He did not
travel in secret. He was picked up at the airport by Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandes, the deputy commander of the al-Hashd al-Shaabi, an
official Iraqi security force under the command of the Iraqi Prime
Minister. The two cars they traveled in were destroyed in the U.S.
attack. Both men and their drivers and guards died.
U.S. created two martyrs who will now become the models and idols for
tens of millions of youth in the Middle East.
Houthi in Yemen, Hizbullah in Lebanon, Islamic Jihad in Palestine,
the paramilitary forces in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere have all
benefited from Soleimani’s advice and support. They will all take
actions to revenge him.
al-Sadr, the unruly Shia cleric who commands millions of followers in
given orders to
reactivate his military branch ‘Jaish al-Imam al-Mahdi’. Between 2004
and 2008 the Mahdi forces fought the U.S. occupation of Iraq. They
will do so again.
outright assassination of a commander of Soleimani’s weight demands
an Iranian reaction of at least a similar size. All U.S. generals or
high politicians traveling in the Middle East or elsewhere will now
have to watch their back. There will be no safety for them anywhere.
Iraqi politician will be able to argue for keeping U.S. forces in the
country. The Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi has called
parliament emergency meeting to ask for the withdrawal of all U.S.
targeted assassination of an Iraqi commander is a violation of the
agreement. It can trigger a war in Iraq and the region. It is a clear
violation of the conditions of the U.S. presence in Iraq. I call on
the parliament to take the necessary steps.”
National Security Council of Iran is
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to “study the options of response”.
There are many such options. The U.S. has forces stationed in many
countries around Iran. From now on none of them will be safe.
Ali Khamenei, issued a statement calling for three days of public
mourning and then retaliation.
departure to God does not end his path or his mission,” the
statement said, “but a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who
have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their
will tie its response to the political calender. U.S. President
Donald Trump will go into his reelection campaign with U.S. troops
under threat everywhere. We can expect incidents like the Beirut
barracks bombing to
repeat themselves when he is most vulnerable.
will learn that killing the enemy is the easy part of a war. The
difficulties come after that happened.
2018 Soleimani publicly
a tweet in which Trump had threatened Iran:
Trump, the gambler! […] You are well aware of our power and
capabilities in the region. You know how powerful we are in
asymmetrical warfare. Come, we are waiting for you. We are the real
men on the scene, as far as you are concerned. You know that a war
would mean the loss of all your capabilities. You
may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.”
May 2019 the U.S. deployed at least 14,800 additional soldiers to the
Middle East. Over the last three days airborne elements and special
The U.S.has clearly planned for an escalation.
be replaced by
Brigadier General Ismail Ghani, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war who
has for decades been active in the Quds Force and has fought against
ISIS in Syria. He is an officer of equal stature and capability.
policies and support for foreign groups will intensify. The U.S. has
won nothing with its attack but will feel the consequences for
decades to come. From now on its position in the Middle East will be
severely constrained. Others will move in to take its place.