Qasim Suleimani’s assassination: Event with far-reaching implications

Killing of General Qasim Suleimani by Pentagon, in an airstrike, is a haunting incident for the Middle East. Suleimani whose stature in Iran was no less than a war hero, also leaded Quds force. His assassination has triggered a new crisis and the fear of a Third World War is looming large on the World. Iran has threatened it would retaliate with the time and place of its choosing.

There has been galore of fiery tweets from both sides threatening each other. In the latest development, Iranian officials have placed a bounty on the head of American President.


The demand for the U.S. troops to leave Iraq has gained momentum now more than ever because Qasim Suleimani was seen in a favorable light in Iraq’s Shia dominant government. There are no qualms about the loss that the Quds force and Iran have suffered by the killing of Suleimani. But, it wouldn’t take a heavy toll on the operational capacity of Quds force, which has grown into an impeccable force under the leadership of Suleimani.


Before moving forward, a glimpse of the past of Suleimani in the Middle East would help. Suleimani participated in the Iran-Iraq war and later rose to the higher ranks in the Iranian Military. Keeping in view his agility and cunningness he was later given the command of the powerful Quds force, which is responsible for protecting and expanding the interests of Iran outside its boundaries.

Due to his political acumen, an [unholy] alliance was also seen between the United States and Quds force, whenever their interests were aligned. Quds Force helped in ousting the Taliban from Kabul when the United States led an onslaught on Afghanistan.

The decimation of ISIS was not the achievement of the American troops alone, devoted soldiers of Quds –under the leadership of Qasim-restricted the menace of ISIS to a certain area. It was said that Qasim’s role could not be over-emphasized in saving the government of Bashar-ul-Asad in Syria.

By targeting Qasim, the United States has come a long way from the fourteen points championed by Woodrow Wilson for world peace. The reckless pretext of his slaying was given as being detrimental to the American interests and also planning the future attacks on Americans in the Middle East. This incident has sent a strong message to the world that the U.S administration would take anyone as its friend as long as one dance to its tunes.

Pentagon has been notorious for throwing International Conventions to the wind and using [and abusing] of leaders of the developing nations. But, the past administrations of Obama and [even] Bush didn’t go to the extent of assassinating a popular figure – a serving General- of another country.

Authorities under the Trump administration seem unconcerned about the wreckage this reckless decision might create. Also, it sent the message that American imperialism continues and the wish of it to assert itself as the sole Global Superpower has not wavered. As long as their interests were aligned, Washington, who is acting as a global policeman, also helped strengthened the rules of potentates and dictators whose hands were soaked in the blood of innocent civilians.

The prospects in the Middle East, for Washington, seem imperiled after Iran has vowed to answer in the same coin. The demand for the U.S. troops to leave Iraq has gained momentum now more than ever because Qasim Suleimani was seen in a favorable light in Iraq’s Shia dominant government.

There are no qualms about the loss that the Quds force and Iran have suffered by the killing of Suleimani. But, it wouldn’t take a heavy toll on the operational capacity of Quds force, which has grown into an impeccable force under the leadership of Suleimani.

There’s a long line of his prodigies, trained well by him, who have métier of leading Quds. His successor was named within 12 hours of his assassination. So, what comes next maybe anyone’s guess. But, one thing is for sure: the United States is no closer to the ‘new deal’ with Iran, which Trump boasted would eclipse that negotiated by his predecessor. Whatever diplomatic off-ramps remained have rapidly crumbled now.

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