Has Qassem Soleimani been wounded in Syria?

by omouggos

IRGC Commander Qassem Soleimani.

It has been reported by anti-Assad sources that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Qassem Soleimani has been wounded in Syria’s Daraa province.1 If such unconfirmed reports are true, and if he dies as a result or is taken out of commission, then this will be a major blow to Iran, as Soleimani appears to be an important architect of its foreign machinations.2 Saudi media has even gone so far as to call him “the arch-terrorist satan.”3

Reports that Soleimani has been seriously injured, especially those from rebel sources, should be treated skeptically. In November 2015 rebels claimed to have killed him during a TOW missile attack near Aleppo.4 It soon became apparent that reports of Soleimani’s death were greatly exaggerated.

However, it is not implausible that he may have been wounded during combat in Syria as a number of Iranian officers5, high ranking generals, such as Hossein Hamedani and Mohsen Ghajarian,6 and Ayatollah Khamenei’s senior guard Hassan Akbari7 have been killed in the Syrian Civil War. For some reason the Iranians have a habit of deploying important military personnel in the thick of battle, so it would not be surprising if Soleimani has likewise been injured.

We will have to wait and see if these rumors are true.

O Mouggos

References

[1] https://southfront.org/prominent-iranian-general-wounded-in-syrias-daraa-province/

[2] http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/27/Iranian-IRGC-commander-Qassem-Suleimani-headed-to-Yemen-report.html , http://www.timesofisrael.com/senior-iranian-general-said-to-make-second-moscow-trip/ , http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/As-Russian-warplanes-bomb-rebels-Iran-pulls-the-strings-in-Syria/articleshow/49259942.cms , http://tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=247156 , http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/10/27/Why-is-Iran-s-Suleimani-requesting-to-fight-in-Iraq-s-Tal-Afar-.html

[3] http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/9228.htm

[4] Has Qassem Soleimani been killed in Syria?

[5] Iranians Sustain Casualties in Syria Despite Russian Bombardment

[6] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/iranian-commanders-killed-syria-151013192529038.html , http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2016/02/04/Iranian-general-killed-by-militants-in-Syria-Reports.html

[7] Hassan Akbari the senior guard of Ayatollah Khamenei has reportedly been killed in Syria

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