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    Default Qassem Soleimani and Iranís Unique Regional Strategy

    A "long read" by Ali Soufan in CTC's 'The Sentinel' on this remarkable opponent, at times it is painful reading.

    The Abstract states and with my bold:
    Abstract: In recent years, Iran has projected its power across the Middle East, from Lebanon and Syria to Iraq and Yemen. One of the keys to its success has been a unique strategy of blending militant and state power, built in part on the model of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The acknowledged principal architect of this policy is Major General Qassem Soleimani, the long-serving head of Iran’s Quds (“Jerusalem”) Force. Without question, Soleimani is the most powerful general in the Middle East today; he is also one of Iran’s most popular living people, and has been repeatedly touted as a possible presidential candidate.

    The article objective:
    This article reviews Soleimani’s career and assesses his contribution to Iran’s regional ascendancy.
    The main thread on Iran appears to be:Iran: ally, friend or enemy? (2015 onwards)

    There is a chunk on The Postponed Enemy: Al-Qa`ida, 2001–present, so cross-posted to that thread.
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