Qasem Soleimani Military officer

Spymaster, Major General Qasem Soleimani (Persian: حاج قاسم سلیمانی, born March 11, 1957 Raber county, Kerman) is the commander of the Qods Force, a division of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which conducts special operations outside Iran. He is listed by the United States as a terrorist, which forbids U.S. citizens from doing business with him. The list, published in the EU's Official Journal on June 24, 2011, also includes a Syrian property firm, an investment fund and two other enterprises accused of funding Assad's government. The list also includes Mohammad Ali Jafari and Hossein Taeb. Little is known about his early life. It is believed that he was born 11 March 1957 in the village Rabor in province Kerman. On September 22, 1980 when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, Qassem Soleimani was a lieutenant in the ranks of the IRGC. However, with the outbreak of hostilities, he became famous, thanks largely to daring reconnaissance operations behind enemy lines. Due to this, he quickly rose in rank and at age 30 was given command of the 41st Tharallah Division.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 11th, 1957
Nationality
Iran

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution

Military conflicts participated

Syrian civil war

Started

March 15th, 2011

Ended

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The Syrian Civil War, also known as the Syrian Uprising or the Syrian Revolution, is an ongoing armed conflict taking place in Syria. The unrest began in the early spring of 2011 within the context of Arab Spring protests, with nationwide protests against President Bashar al-Assad's government, whose forces responded with violent crackdowns. The conflict gradually morphed from popular protests to an armed rebellion after months of military sieges. The armed opposition consists of various groups that were formed during the course of the conflict, primarily the Free Syrian Army, which was the first to take up arms in 2011, and the Islamic Front formed in 2013. In 2013, Hezbollah entered the war in support of the Syrian army. In the east, the [[Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], a jihadist militant group originating from Iraq, made rapid military gains in both Syria and Iraq, eventually conflicting with the other rebels. In July 2014, ISIL controlled a third of Syria's territory and most of its oil and gas production, thus establishing itself as the major opposition force.

Commanders

Abu Mohammad al-Golani
al-Nusra Front

Shia insurgency in Yemen

Started

June, 2004

Ended

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The Shia insurgency in Yemen, also known as the Houthi rebellion, Sa'dah War or Sa'dah conflict is a civil war in northern Yemen. It began in June 2004 when dissident cleric Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, head of the Zaidi Shia sect, launched an uprising against the Yemeni government. Most of the fighting has taken place in Sa'dah Governorate in northwestern Yemen although some of the fighting spread to neighbouring governorates Hajjah, 'Amran, al-Jawf and the Saudi province of Jizan. The Yemeni government alleged that the Houthis were seeking to overthrow it and to implement Shī‘a religious law. The rebels counter that they are "defending their community against discrimination" and government aggression. The Yemeni government has accused Iran of directing and financing the insurgency. In August 2009, the Yemeni army launched a fresh offensive against the Houthis in the northern Sa'ada province. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by the fighting. The conflict took on an international dimension on 4 November 2009 as clashes broke out between the northern rebels and Saudi security forces along the two countries' common border and Saudis launched an anti-Houthi offensive.

Commanders

Iraq War

Started

March 20th, 2003

Ended

December 18th, 2011

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The Iraq War was an armed conflict in Iraq that consisted of two phases. The first was an invasion of Iraq starting on March 20, 2003 by an invasion force of the United States and allies that led to the end of Ba'athist Iraq. It was followed by a longer phase of fighting, in which an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the newly formed Iraqi government. Roughly 96.5 percent of the casualties suffered by the U.S.-led coalition were suffered during the second phase, rather than the initial invasion. The U.S. completed its withdrawal of military personnel in December 2011, during the ninth year of the war. However, the insurgency is ongoing and continues to cause thousands of fatalities. Prior to the war, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom claimed that Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction posed a threat to their security and that of their allies. In 2002, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1441 which called for Iraq to completely cooperate with UN weapon inspectors to verify that Iraq was not in possession of WMD and cruise missiles.

Commanders

United States of America
Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq

South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000)

Started

1982

Ended

2000

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The South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000) or the Security Zone conflict in Lebanon refers 15 years of warfare between the Israel Defense Forces and its Lebanese proxy militias and Lebanese Muslim guerrillas led by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah within what was defined by Israelis as the "Security Zone" in South Lebanon. It can also refer to the continuation of conflict in this region, beginning with Palestine Liberation Organization operations transfer to South Lebanon, following the civil war events of 1971 Black September in the Kingdom of Jordan. Historical tension between Palestinian refugee and Lebanese factions fomented the violent Lebanese internal political struggle between many different factions. In light of this, the South Lebanon conflict can be seen as a part of the Lebanese Civil War. Earlier conflicts prior to 1982 Israeli invasion, including Operation Litani attempted to eradicate the PLO bases from Lebanon and support Christian Maronite militias, following constant attacks from the PLO on the civilian population of Galilee. The 1982 invasion resulted in the organization's departure from Lebanon.

Iran–Iraq War

Started

September 22nd, 1980

Ended

August 20th, 1988

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The Iran–Iraq War, also known as the First Persian Gulf War, was an armed conflict between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Ba'athist Republic of Iraq lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the 20th century's longest conventional war. It was initially referred to in English as the "Gulf War" prior to the Persian Gulf War of the early 1990s. The Iran–Iraq War began when Iraq invaded Iran via air and land on 22 September 1980. It followed a long history of border disputes, and was motivated by fears that the Iranian Revolution in 1979 would inspire insurgency among Iraq's long-suppressed Shia majority as well as Iraq's desire to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state. Although Iraq hoped to take advantage of Iran's revolutionary chaos and attacked without formal warning, they made only limited progress into Iran and were quickly repelled; Iran regained virtually all lost territory by June 1982. For the next six years, Iran was on the offensive.

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