Visit RT for articles on Qassem Soleimani, the deceased leader of Iran’s elite Quds Brigades. He was killed in Iraq in a targeted strike by the US on Baghdad Airport, along with six others, including the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units. The attack was ordered by US President Donald Trump - go to RT for updates on the events it set in motion. Soleimani was responsible for solidifying Iran’s influence in the region and played a central role in the defeat of the Islamic State terror group (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the survival of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria - visit RT for experts’ and analysts’ opinions on how his death might alter the balance of power in the region. Find out more about how Soleimani has been blamed by the US and Israel for thousands of deaths and numerous terror acts, making him the target of repeated assassination attempts by both countries.