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Iran's 007: My name is Soleimani, Qasem Soleimani
You know the odd thing is, if you shave his short trimmed beard, there is a brother-like resemblance to Sean Connery. However, unlike the movies, this guy is the real deal-Iran's spymaster who plays the international game well.
Maj. General Qasem Soleimani does not surround himself with beautiful women, instead, he commands iran's elite Qods Force consisting of highly skilled men and spies. He oversees most of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Like a game of chess, there is strategy for the operations he plans and not always in concert with Iran's president or clergy. There is a parallel between Iran's special forces, Qods, Islamic Revolutionary Guards, Iranian army, its clergy and its president. Sometimes, they agree, sometimes, they act independently without much consultation.
Soleimani is most famous in the US for his plan to kill the Saudi Ambassador on US soil. What evidence there is points to him. It is the kind of thing he does. Suffice to say, the US has indicted him regarding the foiled bomb plot.
Like James Bond, the guy is calm, cool, and collected. When he is not in uniform, you might think he is a professional of some sort, maybe an attorney, doctor. Definitely not a killer, or spymaster seeking to assert Iranian influence and diminish America's. Like most spies, he is bold. In 2008, he sent a personal message directly to Gen. Patraeus in Iraq: " You know, I, Qasem Soleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan". If there are any terrorist activities in those places, look no further most of the time. Unlike James Bond, Soleimani, is the director and commander, he does not partake directly in the nitty gritty details, his men do that.
However, if becoming friends with America will further Iran's own plans in some way, he will negotiate and be friendly. This did happen after 9\11 until 2003 in Iraq. It was a time, as unbelievable as it now seems, that Iran and the US were "allied". Saddam Hussein was still in power and both countries wanted him out. The countries differed on what happens afterwards. Iran wanted a man led by a Shiite with ties to Iran. America had different ideas and when US troops invaded in 2003, then installed a Sunni leader and government, the "allies" parted ways and iran's Qods force was deeply involved in terrorist attacks on US troops there. The Qod force trained and armed Iraqis. Prior to invading Iraq, Soleimani, was consulted and provided details of American plans from respect Iraqis who knew the details because the US considered them in handling the government once setup. In 2001, he supported the US effort to overthrow Afghanistan's Taliban government because he saw a chance of Iranian influence or economic gains. As 2014 draws closer, he probably will refocus there as Iran and Pakistan have signed lucrative economic pacts.
Today, Soleimani focuses on Syria, where the Qods force is strong trying to preserve Syria from collapsing because Syria is Iran's best friend and close to little Satan, Israel. he also focuses on operations in Yemen, Lebanon and Bahrain. all areas of brooding discontent ripe for terrorist activities to support Iran's goal to be a Mideast power.