It is no secret, not even within the Iranian press, that Qasim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Qods Force, has been in Syria. Suleimani is a terror-master with the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands; it was Suleimani who coordinated the infiltration of Special Groups into Iraq to target American forces. In 2007, the U.S. government designated the Qods Force a terrorist entity.
Rumors are now swirling that Suleimani was at the Syrian security compound in which a bomb killed the Syrian defense minister and other members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle. The Iranian and Iranian-backed press is denying the rumors:
According to the IRGC public relations office, Head of the IRGC Public Relations General Ramezan Sharif dismissed the report on Suleimani’s death as a mere “propaganda campaign.” “Due to the recent events in Syria and Iran’s support for resistance in Palestine, some Arab media in coordination with their western counterparts have waged immoral and hostile propaganda campaign against Iran,” Sharif said. “These media have published many rumors about Iran, among them the claim about General Suleimani’s presence in Syria and at the site of the recent explosion in Syria’s national security building,” he noted, adding that the propaganda campaign is aimed at diverting the public opinion and undermining the morale of resistance front against Israel.
Perhaps the IRGC doth protest too much. Suleimani, who during the past three years or so has built up quite a personality cult in the press despite being the head of a shadowy organization, has yet to be seen in public since the explosion, either in Syria or Iran. Should Suleimani, the mastermind of so many suicide bombs and terrorist attacks, perished in one himself, it is hard not to see an element of divine justice at play. And should he remain in Syria, the Obama administration can add to its impressive record targeting terror masters with either a drone strike or, better yet, a snatch-and-grab.