Major General Qassem Suleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, has been working as a power broker and as a military force to reshape the Middle East in Iran’s favor, killing rivals, arming allies, and directing a network of militant groups. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has sanctioned him for his role in supporting the Assad regime, and for abetting terrorism. And yet he has remained mostly invisible to the outside world. “Suleimani is the single most powerful operative in the Middle East today,” John Maguire, a former C.I.A. officer in Iraq, said, “and no one’s ever heard of him.”
I feel like Norma Percy should do a sequel to her amazing documentary series on Iran and the West by doing a follow up with some of the recent happenings. If you can’t wait for that, read this article.