The former commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps Mohamad Ali Jaafari has asserted that the tasks of the former commander of the Quds Force were not confined to operating outside Iran’s geography; it also included security missions inside the country, particularly in terms of suppressing the demonstrations which oppose the Iranian regime.
In a tweet, Jafari said that Soleimani who were killed early this year by a U.S. air strike, had actively participated in suppressing the uprisings which took place in Iran in the past two decades. “He attended the Revolutionary Guard Command sessions repeatedly during the students’ uprisings in 1999 and the uprisings of 2009, and he had a significant role in squashing the unrest,” Jafari added.
Jafari also revealed that Soleimani was present several times in the base of Tha’ar Allah, linked to the Revolutionary Guards, and which is responsible of the capital Tehran’s security, as well as the security in all the province’s cities, and it had an important role in the bloody suppression of the popular protest, pointing out that the murdered General used to participate in the political issues through his influence on the Iranian leaders.
It’s known that Soleimani was the iron striking fist of the Iranian regime, which it relied on mainly to lead and establish militias loyal to the Iranian regime in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, which militias were responsible – according to UN and rights organizations’ reports – for committing hundreds of massacres under sectarian pretexts and aims.
Despite the aura which the Iranian regime added to Soleimani’s image as one of Iran’s heroes and national legends, the Iranian street has quickly reacted by targeting his image known in the Iranian cities through demonstrations which took place few days after his murder, where Iranian people expressed their rejection to grant the Iranian regime the right to revenge for Soleimani from the U.S. army, against the interests and lives of Iranian people, especially after the accident of the Ukrainian jet, where 178 people were killed, mostly Iranian, as it was hit by the Revolutionary Guards’ missiles shortly after taking off from Khomeini International Airport, when the Revolutionary Guards targeted American bases in Iraq, in response to Soleimani’s assassination.
In a well-studied Iranian step, the special Assistant of the Head of the Iranian Parliament for international affairs Amir Hussain Abullahian, revealed Qassem Soleimani’s role in preventing the fall of Damascus.
At an Iranian cultural forum, held in the Iranian capital, “Tehran,” by the Iranian authorities, to speak about their assassinated leader under the title of: “Sulaimani’s role in the security and stability of the region and the world,” said Abdullahian, who was then deputy to Iran’s Minister of the Interior: “when the Syrian capital, Damascus, was about to fall into the hands of terrorist groups, and when these groups approached government headquarters in Damascus by underground tunnels dug by them, the Iranian community in Damascus asked us to send planes to bring them out of the Syrian capital, which was about to fall.”
“We decided to send planes to evacuated the Iranians who insisted on coming back home, and it was decided to send Qassem Soleimani to Damascus on one of the planes,” he said.
Abdullahian added that when the majority in the National Security Council opposed Soleimani’s departure to Damascus, Solaimani said then: “I will go to Damascus to deliver a message to Bashar al-Assad, this message is: I will go and manage the situation alongside Bashar al-Assad from his own room,” confirming that this is exactly what Soleimani did as he went to Damascus and managed the situation from the room of Bashar al-Assad, the head of the Syrian regime.