How Iran's Soleimani became a US target

He commanded an army of militias across the Middle East.
Correction: In a previous version of this video, we mistakenly labelled Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Ayatollah Khomeini. We regret the error.
Before Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US air strike in Iraq, he was arguably Iran's second most important leader. He commanded the soldiers and spies of Iran's elite Quds Force, a group whose job was to forge partnerships with militias across the Middle East, through which Soleimani spread Iran's influence and his own. From Hezbollah in Lebanon to the many Shia militias in Iraq, these groups played a central role in the medley of wars that have roiled the Middle East for the last few decades. Soleimani didn't invent Iran's use of proxy militias; that dates back to at least 1979, when Iran's new regime looked around the region and found many enemies and few friends. But 40 years later, thanks in part to Soleimani's work, Iran has the advantage in the Middle East.
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  • Hey everyone, if you're looking for a deeper history of the Middle East, check out our previous videos on the region: This video about Iran and Saudi Arabia's rivalry We've also covered the US-Saudi relationship And almost 4 decades of war in Iraq Thanks for watching! - Sam

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  • So this started with fear of sunni countries over Shia country...I like Israel and Iran both being surrounded by enemies still had dominance

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  • Did you know? That Sulmani had been aiming for a few years before and simply saw the same assassins together with the same senior who should have been eliminated in Syria and delayed the assassination until Sulmani left the assassination range? Sulmani was indeed a political figure and did everything according to international laws that charged a human price, so I think that Suleimani case needs to make a change in the international law of the Middle Eastern grasshoppers.

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  • Hezbollah being hit hard and still mourning and cry...they cursed too much

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  • America always want to get the power of middle east. Because they something important will happen there in future. But alas! they will never be succeed.

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  • Oh my god. And how many of you believe this?

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  • So Oil , Capitalism and Jewish-Muslim tensions has pushed the whole Middle east into chaos and civil unrest in Iraq, Syria and Yemen

    Arnab DeArnab De23 saatler önce
  • Am I the only one that notices that why Iran is in war stuff almost since revolution

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  • He died like a DOG.

    صالحصالحGün önce
  • USA is undoubtedly the most powerful and technologically and military advanced country. But, what goes around comes around karma is real and revenge will be taken.

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  • US is Murderer!!

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  • those groups in Iraq Syria Lebanon and Yemen that were protesting for sulamania's death are a very small part of the population Iraq does not want Suleiman or Iran meddling in Iraqi politics just look at they anti Iranian protests that happend in Iraq in October of 2019 The IRAQI PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT IRAN AND ITS AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

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  • Gotta say, this jaakesh was not our hero by any means. Maybe to a small portion of the population, like 5% or less, most of us didn't know he existed until he died (most Iranians don't care about politics) and the ones that did know of him hated his guts.

    Ramen The FoodRamen The FoodGün önce
  • was this just half a year ago? seems like forever

    Jeremy LiJeremy LiGün önce
  • The US looted Iran's democracy - why is that not part of this story?

    Zameer AnsariZameer AnsariGün önce
  • It crushed iran's prestige in region

    Mehmet79Mehmet792 gün önce
  • I thought it was james bond in the thumbnail

    Roberto CargioRoberto Cargio2 gün önce
  • US puts troops,they are called soldiers but when Iran puts troops,they become militants despite USA BEING the aggressors,iranian here the rights to be independent then who is USA to interfere

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  • china now backing iran . more trouble for U.S

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  • Every war is somehow related to the US, I feel like the US is responsible for everything happening in the world, Middle-East is dangerous because the US set up a cohort and put a monarchy that will help them and this set up a chain reaction of violence. If you build a time machine then stop the US from stepping in the middle east.

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  • The US ruins the Middle East as a whole. If no western influence was ever their all the countries would be in peace with their own oil and Palestine would be free.

    Kareem RajehKareem Rajeh2 gün önce
    • lol if you knew one thing about the middle east,you wouldn't say that. usa and israel haven't done anythng and without them the problems would still exist ,the problem was always there,you deal with it and don't point fingers

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  • Bottom line is oil. US wants Oil cheap.

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  • America is a terrorist country.Without America the World would be better place to live.

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  • Calling US troops in a middle eastern country peace keepers is like calling hit men, waste management consultants.

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  • رحمك الله ايها القائد سليماني 💔💔💔🇮🇷🇮🇷🇮🇷

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  • Such a great military leader I wish we Turks can achieve at least some of his goals

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  • And who was responsible for destabilizing the middle east after Iraq war in 2003 despite of all the reports that Iraq doesn’t own massive destruction weapons? Which led to submitting Iraq on a plate of gold to Iran? *Bush’s* America 🙂

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  • Actually,at 7:09,hezbollah isn't the target for mass protest,the footage here is actually a protest against the Lebanese government.

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  • Dude USA is now afraid A little more time and lobnan and Syria and iraq and iran will be united under united muslim of persia

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  • Iran should be a democratic country.

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  • So the US can just airstrike anybody

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    • Because they will get destroyed if they attempt anything.

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  • so iran is a legit miltias in a form of a country?

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  • How come you didn't tell us that is was our government made that possible.

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  • not one word about how Soleimani became a US Target

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  • The West never talk about the 1953 coup, but Iranians will never forget.

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  • I love the country of Iran but the politics are confusing. It's funny how no other country can assassinate leaders but America killed Soliemani

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  • This sounds like the 2019 MW

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  • The US military has no place in Asia or the Middle East and in Muslim countries!!

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    • Facts

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  • Is he good or bad

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    • When US terrors someone powerful from its enemy, you know how he was...

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  • Usa helped those shia groups lol why haven't you mentioned james steele and james coffman

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  • USA is the signature written in fire on the whole of the Middle East.

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  • Real problem creator's.

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  • The US is really a toxic evil country.

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  • I'm 25, not very old, but one thing I have never heard in my entire life is the peace in the middle east. As things stand, don't think I am gonna hear that word in middle east any time soon either. This also makes me greatful that I am not from that region.

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    • The quickest way for peace to come is for Syria's Civil War to end and America and Russia stop aiding their side in the Iranian/Saudi Cold War and the Syrian Civil War see no sign of stopping soon and same with America and Russia because being friendly with Iran/Saudi for oil is more important

      Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh6 gün önce
  • It is clear that the United States is afraid of Iran....... from turkey

    Mehmet ArgunMehmet Argun7 gün önce
    • Ismail Hassan Actually that was the main reason they killed him. They were afraid of him cause he stood against them in the Middle East as you saw in the vid, & he also was a military genius. Even American Generals have said that.

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    • If usa was afraid then they wouldn't have killed the 2nd most important person in Iran

      Ismail HassanIsmail Hassan7 gün önce
  • Quds? Does that mean jerusalem?

    ManetitnajManetitnaj7 gün önce
    • Yes.

      Elliot AldersonElliot Alderson5 gün önce
    • yes

      Ali CrowAli Crow7 gün önce
  • Why did the people of the us even vote for Donald trump to be elected when in many of the comments of these type of videos, american citizens and others wish no war and peace

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  • Very well done and informative documentary!

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  • America and isreal is terrorist state

    Poison PersonPoison Person8 gün önce
    • America create all the hate between Muslims

      Poison PersonPoison Person7 gün önce
    • Hey dude, what do you think of the slaughter of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian civilians by Soleimani? Do you think it's also one of the reasons why in Baghdad they literally celebrated his death?

      SvolonSvolon7 gün önce
  • Suleimani was a great and brave soldier! He will live forever !

    JB iJB i8 gün önce
  • 6:59 That’s all I had to hear 😂😂😂😂😂

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  • First of all Vox Hundreds and thousands didnt mourn soleimani death in total 6 million people mourned about his death in iran!

    JettStrikeJettStrike8 gün önce
    • Rátt Pâkk around the world is 15 million i was talking about just iran

      JettStrikeJettStrike4 gün önce
    • Actually more than 15 millions....

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  • 💙🇮🇷💙

    Âmîr RžÂmîr Rž8 gün önce
  • Qassem Soleimani was the enemy of the devil, America is the great devil

    Mohammad AminMohammad Amin9 gün önce
  • Qassem Soleimani was the enemy of the devil, America is the great devil

    Mohammad AminMohammad Amin9 gün önce
    • Uhhh no he was a bad dude

      Nick ArjomandNick Arjomand5 gün önce
  • I can't get over the fact how well made this video. (In terms of editing)

    ErupticEruptic9 gün önce
    • It's Vox that's why

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  • قاسم سليماني بلع ريد زون ابلعععع 🇮🇶❤

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  • The streets are red all the people are yelling “Allah Syria Al Bashar”

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    • Rátt Pâkk You wouldn’t get it

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    • What??

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How Iran's Soleimani became a US target