The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, General Qassem Soleimani is helping to coordinate the battle to retake Fallujah from ISIS.
Fallujah has been the scene of some of the worst atrocities of war since the U.S. invasion in 2003.
It was twice attacked viciously by the occupying army after the fall of Saddam Hussein, where the population and the environment suffered radioactive poisoning from the ammunition used by the American forces.
It was then left to simmer in a state of neglect and injustice while the Shia were empowered and the Sunnis (Saddam Hussein’s sect of Islam) demeaned until the Americans pulled out of a broken Iraq.
Fallujah became the ground of discontent where somehow ISIS managed to take advantage and a foothold. And now the nemesis of ISIS, the Iranian Shia army and its ‘Single Most Powerful’ agent, Major general Qassem Suleimani are about to liberate the Sunni city from the extremists with the help of the Iraqi army, in what is predicted to be a bloody battle.
The Daily Caller reports:
Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was spotted near Fallujah meeting with various other militia leaders from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs), some of whom are designated terrorists by the U.S. government.
It is believed that Soleimani has been sent to help coordinate the assault on ISIS forces holding the Iraqi city. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) began moving on the city Sunday, in cooperation with several tribal groups and Iranian-backed Shia militias which make up the PMUs.
Once referred to as Iran’s “shadow commander” in the Middle East, Soleimani is responsible for all Iranian foreign special operations. His specialty is coordinating terrorist groups and Shia militias and tasking them with Iran’s bidding across the Middle East.
The once reclusive Soleimani rose to prominence as an almost mythical Iranian folk hero around the time ISIS began to rise in 2014.
His fame has only grown since; so much so, he now has a popular music video dedicated to him.