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Will Soleimani be next leader of Iran?

Qassem Soleimani
Qasem Soleimani continues his long reach across the Middle East and beyond. Much has been made of the threat of ISIS rightly so.

The scourge of ISIS has brought carnage to Iraq and Syria, and bloody attacks in Europe. However, for sheer state sponsored organisation and ruthlessness, the machinations of the network that Soleimani presides over is unmatched by any other terror group in the world.

Qasem Soleimani continues his long reach across the Middle East and beyond. Much has been made of the threat of ISIS rightly so. The scourge of ISIS has brought carnage to Iraq and Syria, and bloody attacks in Europe. However, for sheer state sponsored organisation and ruthlessness, the machinations of the network that Soleimani presides over is unmatched by any other terror group in the world.

It is both ironic and disturbing that Time Magazine featured General Soleimani as among the 100 most influential figures in 2017.


However, it is a tacit acknowledgement of his international clout. His operatives are busy in the Middle East, South America, Africa and Europe.


One has only to look at the prominence of Hezbollah flags at the Al Quds march in London on 10th June.


Hezbollah are deeply entwined with the Shia state of Iran and IMIS forces have re-supplied them with an arsenal of weapons under Soleimani’s direction.


That the flags of Hezbollah’s political wing are flown on the streets of London is testimony to Soleimani’s pernicious strategy to carry Iran’s destabilising influence across the world.

Since the Mullah Regime has been forced on to the back foot by President Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran Deal, the country’s already dire financial situation has become even more pressing.


Soleimani has been tireless in channelling Iran’s meagre resources into the Iranian war machine – all at the expense of everyday Iranians who are languishing under authoritarian rule and poor living conditions.

However, a recent Al-Monitor report hints that figures in the Iranian power hierarchy might be pursuing an agenda that could see Soleimani installed as the next leader of the country.


The article by Rohollaah Faghihi states that ‘there is the prospect of a long-time dream of Iranian hard-liners being fulfilled, the rise of a military president.’ The reports goes on to state ‘In this vein, hard-line parliament member Mohammad-Ali Pour-Mokhtar notably said on March 18th, “A number of media say that military men shouldn’t become presidents. I believe that if a military president becomes elected, he can surely solve people’s problems.” Such is the patina of glory on the latest poster boy of the so called ‘Iranian revolution.’

But, while 61% percent of Iranians appear to have a favourable regard for Soleimani, it is quite a different matter to envisage him being an effective leader of Iran.

For all his wiles and plotting, it would seem that the very last thing the Middle East, and the World, for that matter, needs is another swaggering generalissimo leading his country to confrontation and destruction.
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