Iran Quds Force Commander, General Qassem Suleimani Has Been Seriously Wounded In Aleppo, Syria – According To Persian Opposition Website AsIran
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Force, also referred to as the Quds Force and/or, the IRGC, General Qassem Suleimani. was reportedly seriously injured, along with two other personnel, in an anti-tank rocket attack 12 days ago in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to a November 30, 2015 report in al Arabiya News, General Suleimani “suffered severe shrapnel wounds, including to the head, while at Aleppo’s southern front two weeks ago.” Al Arabiya cited a Persian opposition website — AsIran — as it’s source for the report. AsIran added that Suleimani was at that location “to oversee an operation by the Revolutionary Guards; and, a number of hired forces,” when the group came under fire by the Free Syrian Army. “Due to the severity of his wounds, According to AsIran, General Sulemani was immediately transferred by an IRGC helicopter to Damascus; and, after receiving initial triage treatment, he was medically evacuated to Tehran. General Sulemani was hospitalized at the IRGC’s Baqiyatollah Hospital, which is in Tehran ‘s Mollasndra Street — and, has so far undergone two surgeries. A group of doctors headed by a neurologist and brain specialist, oversee his condition [treatment],” the report added.
According to al Arabiya News, AsIran is considered close to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a umbrella organization of five Iranian opposition groups based in Paris. Al Arabiya added that the “Iranian pro-regime Tasnim News Agency, and the state-run — IRNA — denied the AsIran report, quoting Revolutionary Guards spokesman, General Ramezan Sharif as saying that rumors of Sulemani’s injury are a “sheer lie. General Sulemani is perfectly healthy; and, is continuing his mission of “energetically” assisting the Islamic Resistance in Syria and Iraq.”
Obviously, the first question is — when was the last time that General Sulemani was seen in public? When was the last time he was interviewed by anyone? When was the last time he was seen — live — on Iranian television and so on.
If these reports are true, this would be a major blow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Force. The ‘elite’ Quds Force is responsible for carrying out special operations and clandestine missions, and oversees Iran’s interaction with proxy forces such as the Lebanon-based Hezbollah group, and Hamas in the Occupied Territories. General Sulemani is considered by many, to be Iran’s most powerful and influential operative in the Middle East, and a master strategic thinker, and battlefield commander.. According to Wikipedia, General; Sulemani has been described as “Iran’s very own Erwin Rommel.”
In Mach 2007, General Sulemani was included on a list of Iranian individuals targeted with sanctions in United Nations Security Resolution 1747; and, on May 18, 2011, General Sulemani was sanctioned by the United States, along with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and other senior Syrian officials for his alleged involvement in providing material support to the Syrian Government. General Sulemani is also listed by the U.S. Government as “a known terrorist,” and U.S. citizens and corporations are forbidden from conducting business with him. V/R, RCP