Iranian Gen. Soleimani's Multi-National Army Is Destabilizing the Mideast

(Israel Hayom-JNS) Yaakov Lappin - The commander of Iran's overseas Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani, has built up Iranian proxy forces throughout the Middle East. The Quds Force was formed in 1990 for the stated mission of "exporting" the Iranian revolution abroad. "Although he's not the commander of the IRGC, he's stronger than the new IRGC commander, Major General Hossein Salami," said Doron Itzchakov, an Iran specialist from the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. With the Iranian Foreign Ministry responsible for dealing with Europe, Soleimani runs Iran's activities in the Middle East. Soleimani has created a multi-national army made up of pro-Iranian, largely Shi'ite, militias such as Ansar Allah in Yemen, the Popular Mobilization Front in Iraq, Hizbullah in Lebanon, and an assortment of militia forces in Syria. "He outlines the doctrine of that army. He connects it to the objectives of Iran and the IRGC," said Itzchakov. "Soleimani draws lots of power from the Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei], who supports his operations outside of Iran's borders."

2019-12-13 00:00:00

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