How Iran's Soleimani became a US target

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He commanded an army of militias across the Middle East.

Correction: In a previous version of this video, we mistakenly labelled Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Ayatollah Khomeini. We regret the error.

Before Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US air strike in Iraq, he was arguably Iran's second most important leader. He commanded the soldiers and spies of Iran's elite Quds Force, a group whose job was to forge partnerships with militias across the Middle East, through which Soleimani spread Iran's influence and his own. From Hezbollah in Lebanon to the many Shia militias in Iraq, these groups played a central role in the medley of wars that have roiled the Middle East for the last few decades. Soleimani didn't invent Iran's use of proxy militias; that dates back to at least 1979, when Iran's new regime looked around the region and found many enemies and few friends. But 40 years later, thanks in part to Soleimani's work, Iran has the advantage in the Middle East.

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Author — Vox


Am I the only one that notices that all the “opportunities” came from US invasions.
Why is the US even in the Middle East?

Author — Jamie Brown


"The US sent some weapons to Iran, but mainly supported Iraq"

So typical, how two-faced and hypocritical the US government is

Author — Dzikrina Saira


In every war story if you don't mention US then it's not a story.

Author — Alex


It all started with this:

Middle east: We have found some oil.
US: Really? Let's send troops as "peacekeepers" then !!!

Author — Shayan Ahmadi


“Now instead of being surrounded by it’s enemies, Iran had them surrounded”. That was gangsta.

Author — Frank Ragetti


*War exists
USA: Oh boy, let‘s sell weapons to both sides. What could go wrong?

Author — Maxentius Stark


"The US sent its troops as peace keepers"

*The lie of the decade*

Author — MR. BLueITAChi


Oman is like Switzerland in the world wars.

Author — Venicouse


Thanks USA for spreading your "Freedom" to the middle east

Author — ツRoyalPillows


Homeless US citizens are starving, students are 100k in debt.

US: *Spends 20Trillion Dollars a year on military for ‘defense’

Author — Lukero Gt


“Peacekeeping” has never been the goal of the US.

Author — Flying Fisher


The Iraq war was probably the biggest and dummest mistake from the U S

Author — BoiDv


Iranians killing extremists outside their borders to keep their country and regime safe is an act of terrorism, but the US starting conflict, creating ISIS and supplying the entire suni forces is peacekeeping smh

Author — pzhda


It began in 1953 when the US overthrew a democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. Vox, get your facts right.

Author — Isaac Rizard


It all started with America toppling the democratically elected government of Iran

Do some history Vox

Author — Matt Tarrant


Violence was spilling into Israel, so Israel invaded Lebanon.

What a sweet way to justify invasion in 21st century

Author — syed umar


Here are the countries that are ruined by USA

Author — ɀi ጊi


The US is the high school kid who acts like he’s a peace keeper before a fight take place, but hype both side when the fight is a actually happening.

Author — emmanuel coffy


Now I want to hear the Iran version of this story.

Author — Leconte