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Qassem Soleimani A ‘Hero’ Or A ‘Vicious Criminal’ – OpEd


On January 2, 2020, Qassem Soleimani, the notorious commander of Iran’s terrorist Quds Force was killed by a U.S.-led airstrike in the Baghdad International Airport.

Soleimani, as a major general, was the second person in the Iranian regime and was a hated figure among the vast majority of Iranians. During uprisings in Iran in 2018 and 2019, protesters tore up and torched his posters in different cities.

Some in the west, especially in the mainstream media, for political purposes, have been trying to portray Soleimani as if he was a “Hero for the Iranian people”, or a “genius and strategist”.  The goal of this propaganda is to undermine his elimination by the Trump administration.

The fact is that Soleimani was neither a “Hero” nor a “genius”; he was just a cruel, and merciless person who would follow the orders of the regime’s Supreme leader with maximum brutality and butchery. He and his proxy militias in Syria and Iraq massacred and displaced millions of people from their towns and villages. They used all types of prohibited and inhumane weapons, including flammable and cluster bombs or chemical weapons on residential areas for intimidation and cleansing.

Calling Soleimani, a “Hero” is an insult to the Iranian people and the people of the region who have been victims of his atrocities. It is also an insult to humanity to call a mass murderer a “hero”. Soleimani personally was behind the flow of IEDs to Iraq and Afghanistan.

On April 2019, Pentagon announced that Iran is to blame for 17 percent of all U.S. service personnel deaths between 2003 and 2011.

The sophisticated IEDs were secretly manufactured in Iran’s military industry factories under the order of Quds force and Soleimani and were distributed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later Iran’s military factories manufactured a more powerful and deadlier roadside bomb called explosively formed projectiles (EFPs). EFPs were built under a confidential order by the Qods Force in Iran. The information about the exact location of the factories was revealed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran on July 25, 2006, and 29 January 2009.

A short review of Soleimani’s activities reflects his true terrorist nature.  

Soleimani played a key role in the killing of the members of Iran’s main opposition group,

Altogether from 2009 to 2016, Quds Force proxies in Iraq under the command of Qasem

Soleimani killed 141 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) in terrorist attacks, thousands more were wounded and injured.

Soleimani and Quds force, under his command, was in charge of all the terrorist attacks of the Iranian regime and its proxy groups all across the world. All the Shi’ite terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East, including Kateb Hezbollah, Asaeb al-Haq in Iraq, the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and many other groups in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, and … were under the command of Soleimani.

Soleimani was also responsible for the killing of thousands in Syria. The Quds force and its proxy groups under the command of Soleimani with brutal tactics destroyed many towns and villages and massacred the civilians.

In recent protests in Iraq, Soleimani led the repressive forces to suppress the protests. The snipers targeting protest leaders from rooftops were the tactic of Soleimani. Most of the 450 protesters killed during the protests were killed by the snipers. Last November more than 1,500 protesters were killed in Iran, most of them were shot from rooftops by snipers belonging to the Quds forces. Soleimani was the mastermind for such killings in Iraq and Iran.   

Soleimani was a terrorist and leader of a terrorist entity responsible for killings and sufferings of hundreds of thousands of people, and to depict him as a “Hero” is a crime and disgrace.

The Quds Force will not be the same without Qasem Soleimani, and the weakening of the Quds Force will win turn weaken the regime in its entirety. This will further weaken the regime in the face of ongoing uprisings in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon, where Soleimani was one of the most hated figures.

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Hassan Mahmoudi

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.

One thought on “Qassem Soleimani A ‘Hero’ Or A ‘Vicious Criminal’ – OpEd

  • January 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    We’ll never hear the truth on MSM as the Washinton Post expose on Afghanistan lies showed.A shame that it required the resources of a multibillionaire


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