Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, seen in blue suit, is the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force ( the foreign division of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps ). Soleimani’s presence in Syria is an indicator of how serious Iran’s involvement in the civil war is. Ya Liban
Long War Journal: Soleimani’s presence in Aleppo underscores strategy of crushing rebels
Photos have emerged claiming that Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite foreign operations unit, the Qods Force, is in Aleppo, Syria. Soleimani leads Iranian strategy in Syria in coordination with both Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s government. He commands the IRGC-led Shiite expeditionary force there, which includes the Afghan Fatemiyoun, Pakistani Zeynabiyoun, Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Iraqi Harakat al Nujaba.
Nujaba, which is now the largest Iraqi Shiite contingency in Syria, posted on September 6 photos of Soleimani inspecting positions in southern Aleppo. The commander “reviewed the strategic points of the siege of terrorists” in Aleppo and “made some notes to field commanders,” according to Nujaba’s Telegram post.
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WNU Editor: The fact that Major General Qassem Soleimani is in Syria tells me how high a priority the conflict in Syria is for the Iranian government. And while there is international talk of ceasefires and peace talks .... Iran is communicating that their interest is a military victory .... and they are doing it very openly.