EsmaiI Qaani: New ‘shadow commander’ of Iran’s Quds Force

Within hours of the United States assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top general in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the country’s Supreme Leader named a successor to head the elite Quds Force he had commanded.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s choice of Esmail Qaani, who served as Soleimani’s deputy for more than a decade, was aimed at ensuring a smooth and swift transition in the strategic foreign unit’s leadership at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, according to analysts.

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