Qassem Soleimani was killed because he wanted to remove Khamenei and replace him!

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The so-called Iran-Israel war and the elimination of Qasem Soleimani, who wants to be Iran’s sole leader, have so far not been considered in the context of this claim, neither in Turkey nor abroad.

If I were to tell you that Iran’s legendary general, Qassem Soleimani, did not find the support given to the Quds Force by the Velayati Faqih regime nestled in Tehran sufficient, he might have thought that the Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei, to whom he is directly linked, was hindering it.

Even though, contrary to popular belief, Khamenei, the lovable Shiite old man, called him a “living martyr” on TV, it was rumored in the deep lobbies of the capital Tehran that he did not like Qassem Soleimani, who ran from front to front, turning his back on worldly blessings.

Undoubtedly, all this is an internal Iranian matter, undoubtedly, we cannot know the background of the power struggle in the neighboring country as much as Iranian officials. But it is not for nothing that they say that “the ears of the earth have ears”. What I am about to tell you is the knowledge of dissident but active Iranian intelligence officers and silent Syrian generals. As I said, this is not a private matter, but one that has become a matter of world public opinion.

In short, it is said that all the assassinations of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers were carried out in agreement between Israel and Khamenei’s administration. Moreover, Qasem Soleimani was killed because he wanted to remove Khamenei and replace him.

One of the most important consequences of his death was that it undermined plans for the Revolutionary Guards to assume a greater role in politics at a time when the Islamic Republic was preparing to transfer power from the ailing Khamenei to his successor.

Was Qassem Soleimani planning a coup against Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei?

The killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, on January 3, 2020, sparked a strong debate on whether the airstrike should be considered an ‘assassination’.

It has been a long time since Soleimani, second only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Iranian government hierarchy, was assassinated on January 3, and the consequences of this attack are only now emerging. But many of the details behind the events that led to his killing remain classified.

After the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the German-trained military officer who convinced Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to use active force in Syria, it was thought that a violent confrontation between the United States and Iran could expose the real weakness of Moscow’s position in the Near and Middle East, but this did not happen.

Whose bread and butter did the elimination of Soleimani, Iran’s second most powerful figure, play?

Whose bread did Suleimani eat and whose sword did he take up? Whose bread did the elimination of Suleimani, who was considered by the public to be the second most powerful figure in Iran after the ‘spiritual leader’ Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, play into whose hands? Instead of this, one could also say that the assassination of Qasem Soleimani has been a boon for whom and which power center inside Iran.

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The general who headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force was a key figure not only in directing the Islamic Republic’s power projection abroad, but also in shaping its domestic narrative and political dynamics. Even before his death, Soleimani had assumed an almost mythical status for both the Iranian public and Iranian sympathizers abroad. In the eyes of the religious, he was the guardian of the revered Shia shrine of Sayyida Zaynab, a hero who stood up to Israel and supported the Palestinian resistance.

He was more popular with the people than the religious leader.

In the eyes of nationalists and those who never believed in the Islamic Republic, he was a brave commander who fought against terrorists and foreign enemies who sought to destroy Iran. Unlike some commanders, he was not implicated in any allegations of corruption, internal political strife or crackdown on protests and opposition.

He spoke Arabic as well as Farsi, had spent a long time in the Arab world and had good relations with Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This made him the face of Iran’s campaign to expand its influence in the region after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

On the one hand, Soleimani was the commander of the groups fighting against the US, and on the other, he was a key figure in the negotiations between the US and Iran in Iraq. In this respect, Soleimani was known not only as a commander but also as a good diplomat.

In Iraq, Qassem Soleimani has established good relations not only with Shiites but also with Sunni leaders. But after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Soleimani was one of the most influential figures in shaping Iran’s security policy.

None of the Supreme Leader, the President, the Prime Minister and the military bureaucrats were as popular and influential with the Iranian people as Qasem Soleimani. He had become a Hosseini icon with the title of “living martyr”.

But Soleimani wanted to be the undisputed absolute leader of Iran, not a “living martyr”. There were some people who were aware of this ambition and they were constantly watching him closely. As a matter of fact, his constant change of location and phone number was noteworthy. In the six hours before boarding the plane from Damascus, the Iranian general changed his cell phone three times. Because he suspected something. When his fears came true, it was too late, he was a martyr!

The living martyr Suleimani was sent off to the heaven of Firdaws with a Houthi kıyam!…

Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the PMF, were killed when their vehicle was targeted by US missiles on the way to Baghdad International Airport.

No one could blame Tehran and Seyyed Ali Khamenei. The assassination was very carefully planned. Because the assassination took place in Baghdad. Moreover, then US President Trump proudly announced the news of Qasem Soleimani’s death. Then the Iranian masses could have taken to the streets chanting “Merg berg America”. And the living martyr Soleimani was sent off to the heaven of Firdaws with a Hosseini qiyam

The Syrian mukhabarat is also involved!…

On Friday, January 3, 2020, some employees of the Syrian airline “Cham Wing” were detained on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Investigations have been opened in Baghdad and Damascus in case information about Soleimani’s presence on the plane was leaked to the US.

It is noteworthy that the investigations involve employees of the Cham Wing company who knew that Qassem Soleimani was on the flight from Damascus. The secret partner of Cham Wings Airlines, founded in 2007, is the Mukhabarat.

Cham Wings Airlines, the first Syrian private airline, was established in late 2007 as one of the commercial Shammout group companies with a national capital. The Mukhabarat’s shares in the company were kept secret. Eventually, the Syrian Mukhabarat purged Qassem Soleimani and Iran from the country.

Patience strategy!…

Not only Qassem Soleimani, but almost all the top brass in his team were either physically or politically purged in the process. The men could not even avenge the deaths of their commanders. Iran’s taqiyya-experienced regime organizes annual commemorations of Qassem Soleimani with hundreds of other martyrs.

After the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, Iran tried not to get involved with the United States. Because there was a fear that Trump, in the days leading up to the election, and even after his defeat by Joe Biden, would use any conflict as a pretext for a military attack on Iran. Donald Trump had already warned Ayatollah Khamenei not to think of escalating the conflict.

So you see, Iran has launched so-called missiles at Israel, carried out absurd airstrikes with hundreds of drones. One of the missiles fell on a Muslim Bedouin tent in the desert, injuring a baby girl. And some Iranians in Turkey are clamoring that there are those who don’t want Iran to avenge Gaza because of sectarian differences.

There are those who befriend Israel just because of their enmity with Iran, and those who wish Israel to attack Iran. Sectarianism is the most terrible virus of the Islamic world. And this virus has been planted among us by the enemies of Islam. Our fools are also playing into this game. The salvation of the Islamic world lies in unity.

They are in the mode that the enemy understood it but we didn’t. May God give them some sense. I mean, look what they do when they realize the tulûa! Do you know what they are saying? They are saying that the April missiles will go down in history as one of the greatest victories of this century, Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel.

If the late Erbakan Hodja were to rise from his grave, he would say “come on!” to them. Believe me, they would say “thank God” and pat their faces.

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Ömür Ömür Çelikdönmez

Ömür Çelikdönmez: Journalist-Writer. He held various positions in the Turkish Prime Ministry. He writes articles on geopolitics and geostrategy.