Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s quick election of Ismail Qaani as Quds Force’s new commander, but only because he announced that nothing had happened and the body would continue to operate.
Finding Qasim Soleimani’s successor for the Islamic Republic leader may be harder than finding a successor to the Commander-in-Chief as he had become a symbol of the entire Revolutionary Guard for years and a hero to Iranians. Qasim Suleimani had become the most charismatic commander of the IRGC in Iran and abroad.
With these interpretations, it was impossible for Ayatollah Khamenei to find a commander who had such charisma, and he had to choose a commander and then create a charisma for him. Like Qassem Suleimani, he did not have any charismatic public space at the beginning of the Quds Force command. Prior to that, he respect within the Force even among the Revolutionary Guards to command the institution.
Although figures such as Gholam Ali Rashid and Mohammed Kowsari were among the first generation commanders of the Revolutionary Guards and other commanders of this body, such as Ali Fadawi, were eligible to become Quds Force Commander, Ayatollah Khamenei preferred none of the commanders.
The quick election of Ismail Qaani as Ayatollah Khamenei’s new commander of the Quds Force shows decisive decision making and potential succession planning (a mature organization).
He is known, of course, for his presence in the Quds Force among Iran’s allies in the region, and that may have been one of the reasons for his appointment. Prior to his appointment, he was the commander of the divisions of Imam Reza and Nasr, including those belonging to Khorasan.
Therefore, being a Mashhad can also be one of the reasons for Ayatollah Khamenei’s recognition of him. He, like most senior commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, joined the organization around 1985, and went to the province in 2008 to suppress Kurdish protests.
He went to Khorasan after the end of the war and was deputy intelligence officer of the Joint Corps until he became commander of the Quds Force.
The commander’s fame is mostly due to political speeches and as a sidekick to Suleimani.
During a surprise visit by President Bashar al-Assad, coordinated by Qassim Suleimani, he told the media “those who need to know” were aware of the Syrian president’s visit to Iran and “those who should not have,” he told the media.
Now, with the appointment of Qaani as commander of the Quds Force, a new era of activity has to be seen. A new era that, while it may in fact increase its activities, will no longer have the charisma and power of former propaganda. Iran and Khameini will need to foster this.
Sardar Ismail Qaani was born in Mashhad 8 August 1957. Qaani (Ghaani) was appointed Deputy Commander of the Quds Force in 1997 by IRGC Chief Commander Rahim Safavi, along with Qasem Soleimani as Commander. He came to Tehran early in the year for education. According to himself, the founder of Brigadier-General Imam Reza (AS) and Martyr Cheraghchi, commander of Imam Reza Brigade, were trained in a training class at the Saadabad Garrison – today’s Imam Ali Brigade. As Deputy, Ghaani oversaw financial disbursements to paramilitary groups including Hezbollah and an arms shipment intended for The Gambia intercepted in Nigeria in October 2010. On 27 March 2012, Ghaani was added to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets and prohibiting transactions with U.S. entities.
After training, he went to Mashhad and worked as a staff in the IRGC Training Center. With the events of Kurdistan happening, in the middle of the year, the Kurdish region is moving to the region.
He served on the Front from the end of the war until the end of the war, and during the holy defense he commanded the units of the 7th Nasr and the 6th Imam Reza (AS). The commander-in-chief, Brigadier General Qaani, was commander of Imam Reza’s Brigade until the year 7, and then took command of the Nasr Division.
After the end of the war, he returned to Khorasan for a while and served in the Quds Force until then. His friendship with Martyr Sardar Soleimani began in the scientific district meetings since the beginning of the year and has continued to this day. He is a career soldier and true believer in the regime with trust throughout.
Commander Qaani also served as deputy intelligence chief of the Joint Staff of the Corps for a time, after which he was appointed commander of the Quds Force.
Statements by Qaani on January 2, 2010: US and Israel are too small to equate themselves with Iran’s military power; this power is now being put to the side with the oppressed people of Palestine and Gaza in the form of rockets and weapons. Has emerged. The new commander of the Quds Force also said on April 5, “When we stepped in to defend the Muslims of the Islamic countries, our goal was to perform a divine duty, and its first result was the system itself. Thanks to the arrest of Muslims, God removed the dangers from this country and made Islamic Iran a center of security and security for other countries.