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.

Further Reading:

Kenneth Pollack, American Enterprise Institute:

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

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United States when a war starts:


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

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It all started with this:

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

Автор — Shayan Ahmadi


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

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

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

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

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"The US sent its troops as peace keepers"

*The lie of the decade*

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

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

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The main cause of war in the middle east over the years is terrorist US, they are killing millions of people in differents

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Interesting editorial choice to start your history with the Iranian revolution, and not, for instance, the events leading up to the *US-orchestrated coup* which preceded and necessitated it.

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

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US puts troops, they are called soldiers but when Iran puts troops, they become militants despite USA BEING the aggressors, iranian here the rights to be independent then who is USA to interfere

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

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

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"In order to get re-elected the president will start a war in Iran."
- D. Trump, 2011, talking about Obama
That's why Soleimani became a target in 2020 and not before.

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Violence was spilling into Israel, so Israel invaded Lebanon.

What a sweet way to justify invasion in 21st century

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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

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*Wherever there is a turmoil across the Globe you find one name USA*

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