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Questions abound for Iranian military in wake of Soleimani killing


Added 01-21-20 06:35:02pm EST - “Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the veteran Iranian military leader killed by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad earlier this month, enjoyed a level of autonomy from his superiors in Tehran that his successor likely will not possess, according…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Questions abound for Iranian military in wake of Soleimani killing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the veteran Iranian military leader killed by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad earlier this month, enjoyed a level of autonomy from his superiors in Tehran that his successor likely will not possess, according to a new analysis of the Iranian military from the American Enterprise Institute.

Soleimani’s death, which sparked large-scale demonstrations in Iran, also calls into question the future role of the Quds Force, the military organization the general led for decades in operations beyond Iran’s borders.

“It’s going to change the way the Iranian security operations function. I would expect Soleimani’s portfolio to be broken up,” said Frederick W.Kagan, director of the Critical Threats Project at AEI and co-author of “Iran’s Reserve of Last Report,” a study of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps that was released soon after he was killed in the drone strike.

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Soleimani had been fully in charge of Iran’s military efforts in Syria prior to his death and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members who had been sent there reported to him.

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