Since his death on January 3, 2020, by the United States at the Baghdad International Airport, the question that everybody has been asking is: who was General Qassem Soleimani?
Who exactly was Qassem Soleimani?
Born in 1957, Qassem Soleimani was arguably the most powerful military personnel not only in Iran but across the Middle East. Iran’s Supreme Leader once referred to him as a “living martyr of revolution” due to the enormous contribution that he made in the Iranian army. Soleimani joined the Revolutionary Guard in 1979 and was in the front line during the Iraq-Iran war that lasted for about eight years and resulted in the death of at least one million lives. Around 1998, Soleimani was named the commander of the Quds Force, which he lead until his demise on Friday. Quds Force¹ is estimated to have 15,000 members. Continue reading Who was Qassem Soleimani?→
UPDATE: Yesterday, Vice President Pence announced a five-day ceasefire with Turkey in Northern Syria. Whether the ceasefire will persist is questionable, at best.
U.S. President Donald Trump made a recent decision to withdraw troops from Northern Syria. Since 2014, Syrian Kurdish fighters have been important allies of the U.S. in the effort to defeat the terrorist group ISIS. Now that ISIS’s numbers have diminished and more than 10,000 ISIS fighters are in captivity, President Trump figured it was time to bring back the American troops from the region. This was a campaign promise that he wanted to fulfill before the next election in 2020. Continue reading The U.S. Withdraw Troops from Syria→