Iran seems to have set in motion its threat to America that it would retaliate the killing of military commander, Qassem Soleimani.
Hours after the incident, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed a tough Brigadier General, Esmail Qaani (Ghaani), as the new commander.
In his announcement, Khamenei described Qaani as “one of the most distinguished Revolutionary Guard commanders”.
Qaani fought in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s and was a close and trusted aide to Soleimani. He also served as an intelligence official in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).
Qaani is known for his extremist opposition to Israel, similar to Soleimani, and was one of the key figures in Iran’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.
In his Friday sermon, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a hardliner cler