We answer the question who was Qasem Soleimani and more. This question was submitted by Anonymous from Bedford, UK.
Qasem Soleimani was an Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and from 1998 until he was recently killed, commander of the Quds Force.
Qasem Soleimani was born on the 11th March 1957 in the Kerman Province, Imperial State of Iran. Qasem has 5 siblings which include 5 sisters and a brother.
Qasem was killed by a US Drone Strike on the 3rd January 2020 at approx 1am.
Qasem Soleimani was killed by a US Drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on the 3rd January 2020 at approx. 1am.
Qasem Soleimani had just left his plane which had just arrived into Iraq when missiles were launched from an American Drone.
Qasem’s body was identified by a ring he wore on his finger and later DNA confirming his identity (*May require edit).
The drone strike was ordered by the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Soleimani was key in bringing together both Shia and Kurdish forces in the fight against Isis. Workinging loosely with the US who provided additional force and fire power.
Qasem was key in bringing Amirli to become ISIS free utilising itelligence sharing and co-operation with the US troops.
The decision to kill Qasim Soleimani followed the attacks on the American Embassy in Baghdad by the Iraqi Shia Militia as well as the 2019 K-1 Air Base Attack.
Donald Trump ordered the US defence department to carry out the strike on the assumption that Qasim Soleimani was planning further attacks on American Diplomats and Miltary Personnel.
The strike was meant as a deterent to prevent further attacks on these targets.
The drone strike was not approved by the US Congress, neither had consent been granted by the Iraqi government.