Qods Force commander photographed with Iraqi militia in Aleppo


Photo released by Harakat al Nujaba

Harakat al Nujaba, an Iraqi Shiite militia that operates in both Iraq and Syria, has posted a photo of its fighters posing with Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani in Aleppo province.

On its official Facebook page, Harakat Nujaba said that “Al Hajj Qassem Soleimani oversees the conduct of the battles, which is being waged by the champions of the Islamic Resistance Harakat al Nujaba in Aleppo, Syria.” A fighter in the background can be seen wearing a shirt with what appears to be the Harakat al Nujaba logo, however, another photo alleging to show Soleimani in Aleppo likely shows fighters from other militias, as well as Syrian regime and Hezbollah troops. Iranian troops or advisers could have also been present.

The photos come just days after Soleimani was photographed in Latakia province in northwestern Syria. His presence in Latakia was confirmed by Reuters. According to the news service, Soleimani was “addressing Iranian officers and Hezbollah fighters with a microphone, wearing dark clothes as he spoke to the men in camouflage.” [For more information, see LWJ report, Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani rallies Iranian officers, Hezbollah in Syria.]

Soleimani is instrumental in organizing Syrian and Iraqi militias, as well as Hezbollah, to battle Sunni jihadists and allied rebels in Syria. He has played a similar role in Iraq, where he has organized, trained, and equipped Shiite militias along the lines of Lebanese Hezbollah to fight the Islamic State. The leaders of some of these militias are listed by the US as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, and remain hostile to the US. Soleimani is occasionally photographed with these militia leaders.

[To see pictures of Soleimani in Iraq, see LWJ reports, Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar provinceIraqi forces, Iranian-supported militias report success in Baiji, and Threat Matrix report, Iranian general at the forefront of the Tikrit offensive. ]

Another photo purporting to show Soleimani in Aleppo:


Caleb Weiss is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributor to The Long War Journal.

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  • J. Cochran says:

    Is this sime kind of Iranian “Apocalypse Now”?

  • Jo Flemings says:

    I hope he has the good sense to stanch the flow of the blood of Christian martyrs in Aleppo.

  • rtloder says:

    Jihad ain’t such fun after all.

  • rush says:

    I don’t know for sure but that pic kind of looks like it was photoshopped ? What do you think ?

  • seb says:

    Quds in Syria

  • m3df2002 says:

    It’s like a Middle East version of “Where’s Waldo”. Putting foreign boots on the ground will only escalate the conflict. I expect initial momentum to go forward for the Regime forces. The rebels will adapt accordingly. There has been several unexpected developments in this conflict (i.e. Assad’s use of force on peaceful demonstrators, defections of key Assad allies, splitting of the Baath Party along religious lines, Western leadership incompetency, Islamic State tenacity, SAA incompetency,Turkey’s convoluted strategy, introduction of foreign Shia militias, introduction of Iranian Qods/Pasdaran(IRGC), introduction of Russian Air assets, …..). Stay tuned!


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