Suleimani became head of the Quds Force in 1998 and spent the early years strengthening ties with Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Assad in Syria and Shiite militia groups on Iraq.
It is worth noting that Quds refers to Jerusalem in Arabic and meant to express the commitment of Iran‘s leaders to restore Muslim rule over the “Holy City.”
As Suleimani strengthened his grip he was instrumental in providing weapons to Shiite militias in Iraq fighting U.S. troops and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers. He was instrumental in preserving the rule of President Assad and in cementing Iranian control over Iraq.
The Supreme Leader has vowed “harsh revenge” after a three-day period set aside for mourning.
Iran has massive capabilities to exact “revenge.” The most useful for Iran would be to force a spike in oil prices that would increase its revenues for the extremely limited oil sales now possible under U.S. sanctions. A more effective drone/missile strike against Saudi oil facilities than the September 2019 raid would be one way to spike oil prices.
Killing of U.S. nationals in Iraq and elsewhere across the region can be expected.
The most important unknown is whether the Iranians have built sleeper cells in the U.S. who can then create havoc.
All this should be forth coming very shortly.
Ayatollah Khamene’i and General Suleimani
Ayatollah Khamene’i, Hassan Nasrollah, of Lebanese Hezbollah, and the General