Qassem Soleimani ran IED program to kill American & Coalition troops

The Iranian military leader killed in a US drone strike was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American and Coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Major General Qassem Soleimani commanded the Qods Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) of Iran. The Qods Force is responsible for running terrorist and subversive operations outside Iran.

US forces killed Soleimani and others in a reported drone strike outside Baghdad airport on January 2. Soleimani had been running Iranian subversion operations inside Iraq.

American and European media reports are already calling Soleimani “revered” and “popular,” and the Twittersphere is swarming with praise for him having been a warrior against ISIS.

Let’s set the record straight.

The Qods Force ran Iran’s IED campaign against US and Coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both the Bush and Obama administrations ignored advice to retaliate against Qods Force leaders like Soleimani, instead of placing so much emphasis on the multibillion-dollar fly-swatting effort of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO, then called JIEDDO) that did not go after the source.

By terminating Soleimani, President Donald Trump has gone to the source of not only Iranian subversion in Iraq and elsewhere, but the source of the IED attacks that ruined or destroyed so many American and Coalition lives.

About J Michael Waller

J. Michael Waller is Vice President for Government Affairs at the Center for Security Policy. His areas of concentration are propaganda, political warfare, psychological warfare, and subversion.

Dr. Waller is the former Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school in Washington, DC.

A former instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School, he is an instructor/lecturer at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg.

He is a founding editorial board member of NATO’s  Defence Strategic Communications journal.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University, was the first John M. Olin Fellow at the Center for Defense Journalism at Boston University, where he received his Master’s in international relations and communication; and holds a PhD in international security affairs from Boston University, where he was an Earhart Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy under Professor Uri Ra’anan.

An adaptation of his doctoral dissertation was published as Secret Empire: The KGB In Russia Today (Westview, 1994), in which he warned of the rise of a KGB-gangster state in Russia and predicted the rise of a KGB officer to control Russia.