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General Kasem Solejmani – a thorn in the heel of US interests in the region

General Kasem Solejmani was the most important Iranian general in the region, credited with many victories against the Islamic State and responsible for operations against Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States. His military career has had many unknown episodes, but the fact is that without his knowledge, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi would have conquered much of Iraq, possibly even Baghdad. To achieve his goal, he was prepared to sacrifice people, attack civilians, and create widespread chaos. By all criteria, he was a war criminal, but was never caught.

General Kasem Solejmani was the most important Iranian general in the region, credited with many victories against the Islamic State and responsible for operations against Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States. His military career has had many unknown episodes, but the fact is that without his knowledge, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi would have conquered much of Iraq, possibly even Baghdad. To achieve his goal, he was prepared to sacrifice people, attack civilians, and create widespread chaos. By all criteria, he was a war criminal, but was never caught.

Iran has a number of opponents in the Middle East, the largest being the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it does not have enough military power to counter them. Long-standing sanctions, the technological superiority of adversaries, the limited ability to conduct operations on remote fronts have pushed Iran to a corner. But Ayatollah Khomeini’s idea of ​​a rise of Shiite masses across the Middle East to oppose “Sunnis (Saudi Arabia), Zionists (Israel) and unbelievers (USA)” never died, so Iranian army commanders conducted various operations in other countries.

Operations have almost always been supportive, meaning that elite troops in Iran have been deployed to Shiite minority countries to train the population in unconventional-guerrilla warfare. After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, these began to emerge actively in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries, success was small but noticeable enough that the countries were partially destabilized and had to deal more with internal security.

The war that changed the Middle East

Iran, to be more precise Ayatollah Khomeini and his conservative followers, have with the revolution confirmed their belief that they are threatened by the surrounding countries and that there is a war of existence before Iran. Iraq, backed by the West, who did not want Khomeini’s rule in Tehran, invaded Iran in 1980, launching a nearly decade-long war that was one of the bloodiest in the second half of the twentieth century. Iraq had the technological and numerical superiority, but Iran managed to contain the attacks and, using unconventional tactics, also made some minor offensives. The war consolidated Khomeini’s rule, persuading the Iranians to defend their homeland and emphasizing the attempt by Western countries to influence their sovereignty. In this war and in the shadow of the Ayatollah, Kasem Solejmani began his career.

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