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Iraq

Iran commander Qassem Suleimani reportedly leading Fallujah war plans

By Rudaw 24/5/2016
Qassem Suleimani with Shiite military commanders, reportedly near Fallujah. Photo: Al-Masdar..
Qassem Suleimani with Shiite military commanders, reportedly near Fallujah. Photo: Al-Masdar..

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds force who exercises immense influence in Iraq, has reportedly been laying out military plans for the recapture of Fallujah from the Islamic State (ISIS).

The Al-Masdar news website reported that “General Qassem Suleimani has been deployed to spearhead and finalize the Iraqi Army’s campaign to capture Fallujah from the Islamic State.”

Iraqi forces, together with the Iranian-backed Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia and Sunni tribal forces, reported good progress in the offensive on Fallujah on Tuesday, two days after the operation was launched Sunday with air support by the US-led coalition.

Al-Masdar also published a photograph of Suleimani, which it said “shows him earlier today in the Hashd operations room with commanders of several Iraqi paramilitary groups.”

Sulaimani reportedly arrived on the outskirts of Fallujah and was received by Hadi al-Amiri, a top commander of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi Muhandis, deputy general commander of the militia and a number of other leaders.

Fallujah, 70 kilometers west of Baghdad, is the first city that fell to ISIS when the militants launched their blitzkrieg across Iraq in June 2014.

Suleimani has been seen as Iran’s top military man in both Iraq and Syria, with photos and video footage showing him leading the fight against ISIS in both countries.

He was reportedly dispatched to Iraq in 2014, where he successfully led Shiite militia groups against ISIS in Diyala and Tikrit and reclaimed both provinces for the Iraqi government.

 

 

Comments

 
K | 24/5/2016
No surprise there! Iran is running the show. It is a religious annexation of Iraq by Iran.
Keko | 24/5/2016
Whether we like it or not when ISIS animals attacked Kurdistan Iran sent Suleimami with enough weapons to push them back. When President Barzani called various leaders including Erdohan The Back Staber during the crisis non of them answered his call for help except Iran. There is another article here in Rudaw about Iran trying to give us access through Persian Gulf to export our oil directly from Kurdistan if KRG and Iraqi government both agree. Somehow we have to get along with these Persians who are ethnically very close to us.
Guest | 25/5/2016
Hopefully he (Qassem Suleimani) will be killed and send to hell in this battle. Shiites fighters are no better than ISIS.
T.I. | 25/5/2016
This is interesting because Solaimani's and the Shia militias involvement means no US air support. I expect to see a shift in policy from Baghdad if they succeed in taking Fallujah, they'll probably start pressuring the US to leave Iraq just like they did back in 2008 because up until now they've been in desperate need of US support. The US has used countless billions dollars and Iran in the end will out maneuver them again by not only taking the credit but sending them packing.
nm | 25/5/2016
@guest that's very ungrateful
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