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The powerful general of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with others associated with Iran, were killed by the United States in an air strike at Baghdad International Airport on January 3, writes the Times of Israel.
< Following the announcement of the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended meetings with Cyprus and Greece.

-Like Israel has the right to defend itself, the United States of course has the same right. Soleimani was behind the killing of American citizens and many other innocent people. He planned several attacks. President Trump deserves all the credit for acting quickly, with strength and determination. Israel is on the side of the United States in its just fight for peace, security and self-defense, Netanyahu said.

Other Israeli leaders have also expressed support for Trump’s decision to attack Soleimani.

Iran’s chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned the United States that “heavy revenge” awaits them after the attack carried out by a drone.

-Soleimani had plans to attack US diplomats and soldiers in Iraq and the region. Soleimani and his Quds force also had the lives of hundreds of U.S. and Allied soldiers on their consciences and thousands wounded, the Pentagon said in a statement.

For years, Soleimani has been seen as the chief architect of Iran’s activities in the Middle East, including attempts to gain a military foothold in Syria. Soleimani is also believed to have been personally involved in rocket attacks against Israel, including Mount Hermon in January 2019. Rockets were also fired at Israel in September.

Soleimani was an important link between Iran and the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon. Soleimani has sought to help Hezbollah turn its vast arsenal of missiles into precision-guided missiles, which pose a major threat to Israel. Soleimani was seen as one of Israel’s biggest threats.

In August 2019, he was personally involved in an attempt to send “killer drones” into Israel from Syria.

Israel believes Soleimani funded, trained and supported the Shia Muslim militia to carry out drone strikes on several targets in northern Israel. An Israeli air strike stopped the attack in time. Soleimani oversaw the entire operation, sending Iranian experts to Syria to help loyal Shia militias with the attack.

In the days that followed, Soleimani made threats to annihilate Israel. The threats were followed up by Major General Hossein Salami, who said that the annihilation of Israel was no longer just a dream, but “an achievable goal”.

In recent times, there have been several cases of increased tension between Soleimani and Israel. Israeli Meir Amit of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center and others have revealed through extensive documentation what operations and threats Soleimani has been involved in.

In 1998, Soleimani became the supreme leader of the Quds Force, which controls Iran’s operations abroad. The force was notorious for aiding the terrorist group Hezbollah with the attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992. Soleimani continued close ties with Hezbollah and sent agents from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Lebanon to assist them in the fight against Israel until Israel’s withdrawal in 2000.

Soleimani was also a key player in Iran’s support for Hezbollah during the Lebanon war against Israel in 2006. He arranged arms transfers from Iran through Syria and other countries.

In 2009, Israel stopped a ship carrying 3,000 missiles on its way to Hezbollah. It was the same type of 107 mm rocket that Soleimani made sure another Iranian-loyal militia in Iraq could use to attack US forces.

Iran and Soleimani have also helped militias and terrorist groups in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Soleimani was also active in his support for Palestinian terrorist groups. In February 2016, he met a delegation from Hamas in Tehran. Soleimani had close ties to Islamic Jihad and he wanted to create a Palestinian uprising against Israel.

In March 2019, the terrorist group carried out a rocket attack on Israel by order of Iran. 7 Israelis were injured after a house north of Tel Aviv was totally damaged.

Soleimani and the many Shiite militias under him were also important supporters of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. Soleimani sought to take advantage of the situation to establish Iran militarily in Syria. Iran’s attempts for several years to establish military bases and weapons factories in Israel’s neighboring countries have created great fear and frustration in Israel.

In recent years, several rockets have been fired from Syria at Israel. The attacks were carried out by the Quds forces under Soleimani’s leadership and affiliated groups. Iran appears to be the biggest threat to northern Israel.

Iran and Soleimani were also active in Iraq, firing missiles at Israel. At the end of December 2019, Israeli Defense Chief Aviv Kochavi stated that the Quds forces were constantly smuggling advanced weapons through Syria and Iraq. Kochavi also acknowledged that Israel has carried out attacks on Iranian targets in Iraq.

Soleimani’s power and influence in the Middle East has grown in recent years and was at its peak when he was killed, says Seth Frantzman in the Jerusalem Post.

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