TEHRAN, IRAN - SEPTEMBER 18 : Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's (not seen) meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on September 18, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Press Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Russian Defense Ministry has highlighted the contribution of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US strike at Baghdad airport, to combating the Islamic State in Syria.

“Under the direct leadership of Qassem Soleimani, armed resistance against international terrorist groups ISIL and Al-Qaeda was organized in Syria and Iraq long before the so-called international coalition led by the US. His personal contribution to the fight against ISIL on the territory of Syria is undisputed,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement published on Friday.

According to this statement, the killing of Soleimani will lead to an escalation of military-political tensions in the Middle East, negatively affecting the global security system.

“The short-sighted steps by the US, namely the killing of General Soleimani, will lead to a sharp escalation of military-political tensions in the Middle East region. It is fraught with serious negative consequences for the entire global security system,” the statement stresses.

The ministry informed that the Iranian general had been killed on January 3 in the area of the Baghdad airport in a strike by the US Air Force. The statement adds that Soleimani was an experienced military commander who had significant authority and influence in the entire Middle East region.

The Pentagon earlier confirmed that a missile strike near the Baghdad airport killed the head of the Quds Force Qasem Soleimani. The operation was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump, the statement said.

According to the Pentagon, the strike was defensive, since it was aimed at protecting US troops in Iraq and other countries. Washington blamed Soleimani for allegedly approving a rally outside the US Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week. The US Congress was not informed about the upcoming missile strike, which killed the Iranian commander, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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Source: TASS

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truther
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Now comes the end of the US influence in the Middle East. Bravo Iran!!!!!

Long Live Syria
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Long Live Syria

Good guy in the books of Russia & bad guy in the books of US & Israel. He definitely contributed with his forces in eradicating Daesh but also was involved in orchestrating attacks against his own other enemies. War is terrible for both sides. Military Size wise Iran will never stand any chance against US if they attack American assets any where in ME with such an unpredictable US President who can once again give green signal to carry out attacks on Iranian cities which reminds me of the good old Murphy’s Law, “Never Sleep with anyone more crazier than… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

Russia forgets he actually also helped Zarqawi to found ISIS 😉

Sweet Robert
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Sweet Robert

Russia forget to mention Qassem Soleimani trained Christian National Defense Forces whose town Mhardeh in Hama was under attack for 8 years by American trained/funded jihadist head choppers.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

For the sole purpose to gain Christian support to keep Lebanon in check. Jihadists weren’t funded by USA, Congress has voted ZERO budget for the roaches.
Hezbollah and IRGC are also jihadists, and once the Lebanese Sunnis have been destroyed, they’ll go after the the Christians.

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Sweet Robert

For the sole purpose of defeating al-Qaeda roaches. that simple Genus.Trump just tweeted support for Idlib roaches. US Forces are in Syria and they are not their for Kurds nor are they there for the Syrian government. Who is left?

Gryz
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Gryz

You gotta be kidding me with that cheap PR yet again. Washington worked hand in hand with its GCC partners to funnel funds and weapons to Sunni jihadist groups all over Syria from 2012 on. Wikileaks even showed correspondance between the DoD and Hilary Clinton stating verbatim that “we are on the same sides as Al-Qaeda on this one, with Julani”. The only ones they did not help were actually their own grandson, ISIS, once a Iraqi branch of Al-Qaeda that wanted to have its own game after Baghdadi split from the rest, that proved to be too much of… Read more »

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Christians in Lebanon do not need to be “kept in check” by anyone, they didn’t ask permission to attack Tsahal from their villages in a completely unprecedented move in 2006, much to the chagrin of the Israeli planners that thought they were free from that front.

Tel-Aviv indeed has a way of getting easily hated by every level of society in every single Arab state they once flattened and stole land away from while slaughtering its citizen, and reconciling even the most strident opposing forces at the homefront in the process :p

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They absolutely were, just like Israel on the Golan front, and you are a cheap, mediocre liar, as always. Hilary Clinton in her declassified and leaked correspondance with guys from the DoD pretty much admitted to it verbatim : “Al-Qaeda under Julani is on our side on this one”. They blocked repeated Russian attempts to get Ahrar-Al Sham and Zinki blacklisted by the UN as terror organization for YEARS precisely because they were funneled intel and weapons to their groups via their GCC satellites.

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Gryz
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But nobody forgot that America funded, trained and equipped ISIS’s father called something like Al-Qaeda with Saudi and Paki help ,except maybe their lapdog DB 😉

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

OBL was a total schmuck before him and his close aides were trained n Sudan by Imhad Mugniyeh, ya know, the Hezbollah terrorism leader killed by CIA+Mossad in 2008… For sure USA did serious mistakes before OBL’n’Co turned to terrorism… Them and Israel did exactly the same ones by being Iran’s #1 arms suppliers in the 80’s… Without Begin+Reagan’s stupidity, Saddam would had finished these critters off and freed the Iranian people… Hopefully, USA ALWAYS do the right thing in the end (after having tried all the wrong ones), so with a little luck, Khamenei and Salami will dare to… Read more »

Gryz
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Gryz

I see your love for malign foreign invasion by barbarian leaders actually knows no frontiers,or is it just your usual genocidal disdain for everything Persian like your Sunni brothers still calling them the Saffavides? 😂😂 Saddam was not there to “free”Iranians of anything with his islamic sect MKO collaborator allies but its own oil,exactly like the Bush team only wanted the fields and certainly not bringing democracy when invading him afterwards 😂😂You really are such a 360° joke 100% of the time XD

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“Saddam would had finished these critters off and freed the Iranian people” And imposed a Baathist paradise that you would have loved and advertised around, right ? will you look at that freak. So now Saddam Hussein himself suddenly becomes his darling when it comes to helping in annihilating the Iranian people. Your pathological hatred of the Persians is truly without equal in this world, other than your Salafi brethren and Zionist masters, of course. Here you go thumbing up yet another oil thieve bloodthirsty moron that acted against Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan without provocation and under orders and cover from… Read more »

Gryz
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Gryz

The JOKE xD Laden was pictured and headlined in UK and US media both as a certified freedom fighter, you must have missed yet another piece of modern history from the depth of your cave. There was never a “before” for the US/Saudi/Paki built AQ corps, they were always heralded as the extremist, nihilistic freaks in town, the very purpose of that ideological “mujaheddin” composition was to send Soviet-sympathetic modern Afghanistan back in time at least 1,500 years, and it worked wonders, thank you America for making a world a better place. Here’s some refresher for your Al-Zheimer’s. Enjoy, the… Read more »

Bello
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Bello

You have low life

Ano
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Ano

Evidence, s*umbag?