Iran Claims To Reveal Key Role Of Qasem Soleimani In Defeating ISIS

When ISIS launched its blitzkrieg in Iraq in 2014, it appeared poised to conquer Baghdad. In June 2014, as ISIS massacred Shiites and committed the most brutal crimes, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq issued a fatwa calling for men to arms to defend Iraq from black-clad extremists. At the same time, across the border in Iraq, IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was beginning to contemplate a mission that would take him to Baghdad, Erbil, Damascus and Moscow to encourage locals to fight back. ISIS and bring Iran’s influence and expertise to the country. first line.

Soleimani was often seen as a key force behind Iran’s confrontation with Israel and also a key to Iran’s influence in the region that opposes the United States. However, other aspects of his role are also clear and Iran’s Tasnim News has laid out some of the background behind his role in fighting ISIS. This new story comes nearly two years after he was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020. ISIS was mostly defeated in 2017.

The news relates to a letter Soleimani sent to Iran’s supreme leader. “The evil movement, known as the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’, managed to plunge tens of thousands of Muslim youth into a very dangerous crisis in the first few months by deceiving tens of thousands of Muslim youth,” he wrote. At the end of the letter it said: “I declare and represent all the anonymous commanders and mujahideen of this scene and the thousands of martyrs and veterans who defended the sanctuary of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Pakistan who sacrificed their lives to defend the life and honor of Muslims and their saints. This is a great victory. ”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei apparently responded by thanking Soleimani for his role. “By disintegrating this cancerous and deadly mass [ISIS], has rendered a great service not only to the countries of the region and the Islamic world, but also to all nations and humanity. This is a divine victory. ”

The report looks at the background of ISIS. It notes that ISIS grew out of Al Qaeda after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was assassinated in 2006. It notes that Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi became the leader of Al Qaeda and changed his name to Islamic State in Iraq. “After a while, Abu Omar Baghdadi was assassinated and Abu Muhammad Mohajer became the leader of the group. He was also assassinated and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became the emir of the Islamic State in Iraq, ”the report says.

At this time, ISIS was only operating in Iraq. But as the Syrian civil war grew, it began to sink its fangs into Syria. “When the Syrian crisis started, Baghdadi sent Abu Muhammad Jolani to Syria to form an al-Qaeda affiliate called Jabhat al-Nusra. The Nusra Front quickly expanded to become the strongest Takfiri militant group in Syria. The Baghdadi and Golani divisions gradually intensified, distancing themselves from each other. “The report says that Baghdadi went to Syria and merged the branches in Iraq and Syria into what became known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).” two years, ISIS took control of many parts of northern and eastern Syria and killed many Muslims and Christians in heavy fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra. “Some time after that, the story goes,” Baghdadi then declared a caliphate in Mosul, Iraq, and became the strongest Takfiri armed group in Iraq and Syria, with the support of countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey, etc. “Takfiri is the term Iran uses for the Sunni jihadist extremist groups that accuse other Muslims, such as Shiites, of not being Muslims.

Here the article claims that the United States played a role in “designing and implementing” the role of groups like ISIS. This is part of the usual conspiracy theory spread by Tehran that sees America’s hand behind the chaos in the Middle East. Despite the fact that Al Qaeda targeted the United States on September 11, these voices argue that the United States is somehow behind these extremist groups. This argument is supported by the fact that some American voices have suggested over the years that the United States should back Turkey-backed extremist groups in Syria, and some in the United States wanted to work with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, who it was once al Qaeda in Syria. . There have always been some commentators from American think tanks who have preferred extremist groups in the Middle East and wanted to work with them over the moderates.

Tasnim’s article notes that “from the beginning, ISIL committed many crimes against Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq, killing many people in those countries. ISIL gained access to many weapons and equipment to kill people; for example, in Iraq, ISIL disarmed 90,000 Iraqi soldiers, of whom 90,000 were army personnel and another 30,000 were Iraqi federal police. These 90,000 soldiers had the latest American advanced weapons, so ISIL was provided with the latest model of advanced military weapons. ”This is an accurate account, as Iraqi divisions are known to surrender en masse to ISIS in 2014 and thousands of armored vehicles fell into the hands of ISIS.

“With the onset of the crisis in Syria and Iraq, Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, took the battlefield with ISIL at the request of the governments of those countries. [i.e Syria and Iraq] and by order of the Supreme Leader of the Revolution. The IRGC’s Quds Force method and logic was to activate dormant capabilities in the same countries. And the terrorist cells in these two countries almost met, ”the report says.

The story claims that Soleimani arrived in Baghdad in time to help organize the defense of the capital and that Mohammad Jafar Asadi, former commander of Iranian advisers in Syria, said; “I was a servant in Syria when a senior member of the Intelligence Ministry came to that country and said at a meeting that ‘I come from Iraq.’ There was a meeting in Baghdad and clergymen, politicians, economists, etc. ‘If they had not come on the Wednesday that Soleimani entered Baghdad, not only Baghdad but also the cities of Najaf and Karbala would have been lost. People were fleeing Baghdad officials were also preparing to leave the city, they said. But Sardar Soleimani came and changed the situation. ”

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa on June 29, 2014. The al Qaeda branch, which has captured swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, has declared a ” Islamic Caliphate. ‘and asked factions around the world to pledge their allegiance, to st (credit: REUTERS / STRINGER)

The claim here is that Soleimani helped save Iraq from ISIS. In August 2014, ISIS changed its offensive to try to take Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. ISIS broke through defenses on the way to Dohuk and also at Makhmour on the way to Erbil. At the time, the Kurds told me that they were preparing to flee Dohuk and that the men were practicing with their rifles to go to the front immediately and stop ISIS. It was believed that ISIS would be in the main Kurdish cities in a few days. Tens of thousands of men went to the front at that time. The Yazidis, captured by ISIS in Sinjar, were being slaughtered and sold as slaves.

“After the ISIS attack, the first country to arrive at the Erbil airport even before the United States and Europe was the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mohammad Haj Mahmoud, secretary general of the Kurdistan Social Democratic Party, told Tasnim. “Hajj Qasim came with 70 troops of military experts and three shipments of ammunition needed to fight ISIL, and they themselves cooperated with the Peshmerga forces, including in the Makhmur area.”

This story of Soleimani’s arrival by helicopter to Erbil to meet Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has been told in recent clips of a dramatized film about the event. The Iranian film, criticized by some in Kurdistan for making the Kurds appear defeated to ISIS, shows Barzani speaking on the phone in the face of the possibility that no one will come to the aid of Kurdistan. His advisers tell him that the West has abandoned him. The Americans, French and Turks will not arrive in time to stop the advance of ISIS on Erbil. As his staff are about to leave Erbil, the Kurdish leader sees an old photo of himself and the Supreme Leader of Iran. Only when he talks to Qasem Soleimani does he learn that help from Iran is coming.

The article praising Soleimani’s role against ISIS also says that commanders in Syria viewed his role as key. Defenders of the Zaynab shrine near Damascus praised it. “Syrian army commanders trusted Hajj Qasim in every sense of the word and viewed his presence as a power to them. Haj Qasim’s presence in the region had a great and positive psychological impact on the forces.”

The article says that Soleimani’s stature grew in the face of ISIS. “Public opinion met another Soleimani figure, a figure who, as an experienced politician and diplomat, demonstrated his ability to persuade and accompany other countries to enter the war front against terrorists in Syria. Qassem Soleimani, as Iran’s envoy to Moscow during talks with Russian President Putin, was able to use the operational capabilities of the Russians to further his goals, ”the article says. “After four years of Iranian fighting and resistance in Syria, Soleimani met with Putin for two hours and twenty minutes during a trip to Russia to meet with the Russians,” a source told reporters. Soleimani told Putin that Syria was key for Russia. “If you lose it, Westerners will not value you,” Soleimani allegedly said. “He also understood politics well and had an understanding of international politics, he knew the cultural and social realm, and his interactions with people reflected the depth of his vision,” says the report. “Hence, Sardar Soleimani’s efforts in the field of diplomacy and diplomacy they led to the end of ISIS rule. ”

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