Is the “Axis of Resistance” in a better or worse position? The Martyr Qassem Soleimani achieves even more than the Major General did

By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

More than forty days ago a US drone assassinated Major General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – Quds Brigade and leader of the “Axis of the Resistance”. He was killed after midnight at Baghdad airport between the second and the third of January along with his companions. Has the “Axis of Resistance” been weakened by this event, and what has it achieved since then?

On the Syrian front, in an outstanding gain, the Syrian Army along with its allies from the Zoul-fi-Qar brigade and other partners liberated the 432 km Damascus-Aleppo road for the first time since it was blocked in 2012. It enlarged the security perimeter on its western flank. The strategic cities of Saraqeb, Rashedeen, Khan al-Asal have been liberated along with El-Eiss hil, a location that Major General Soleimani always wanted to free. Hezbollah lost 23 officers buried at the hill and wants to recover them to bring them back home.

With the Russian command, the “Axis of Resistance” is sitting in an operational room in Aleppo that is coordinating with others in Damascus and Hmaymeem. These are directing the advance of the battle against jihadists and offer necessary intelligence and air support. The Syrian Army managed to create a vast security perimeter along the M5 road (Damascus-Aleppo) that Turkey had promised – but failed – to secure since October 2018. This advance indicates a strategic path that relies on objectives and no specific leaders. The aim in Syria, an essential member of the “Axis of the Resistance”, is to liberate the entire country, regardless of what leaders are killed on this path. Many prominent Syrian generals have been killed during these nine years of war, but Syria continues to be liberated.

Iran and Russia are talking to Turkey in order to maintain a dialogue with Syria, notwithstanding the consequences of the ongoing battle. The loss of Major General Soleimani will not change or modify their objectives.

In Iraq, Major General Soleimani could hardly have dreamed of a political decision asking the US and all foreign forces to leave the country. This is a significant decision Iraq has adopted, transforming the legal status of the US forces into an occupation force because the agreed departure schedule and procedure is not respected.

Iraq has to keep a small number of NATO troops in the country for the purpose of training and securing spare parts because Iraq bought many weapons from NATO countries. However, the government in Baghdad can now offer no guarantee of safety to these NATO officers, due to the popular hatred the US has incited by killing the high-ranking and popular Iraqi commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, in the unlawful US assassination attack on Baghdad airport. The newly elected Prime Minister is expected to form a government with the schedule for US-departure at the top of his priority plans.

Moreover, never in the history of Iraq since the 2003 occupation has the Iraqi resistance been united under one leader. Moqtada al-Sadr’s call to demonstrate in the street against the US has brought him great popularity. All groups, notwithstanding the initial disagreement of Nuri al-Maliki and Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim, accepted al-Sadr’s choice of Allawi as a Prime Minister. Moqtada al-Sadr was a source of concern when Major General Soleimani was around. The Iranian general did not agree with Moqtada’s continuous changes of political position. Moreover, the Sadrist leader was against the Hashd al-Shaabi, (even if he has a brigade of his own, the 313 brigade), and called for the disarmament of all Iraqi groups belonging to the “Axis of the Resistance”. Moqtada is now working side by side with these groups, something Major General Soleimani failed to achieve.

In Lebanon, a new government has been formed under Hassan Diab, without the closest allies of the US in Lebanon. The “Axis of the Resistance” managed to push forward the formation of the government and supported Diab in solving many problems on his path of forming the actual government. Diab accepted suggestions of the “Axis of the Resistance” in forming his government, guaranteeing the legitimacy of Hezbollah to defend the country against any foreign aggression.

The Lebanese Parliament gave Mr Diab the trust he needed to begin his mandate. The “Axis of the Resistance” managed to prevent a power vacuum or the spread of chaos in Lebanon. Today many countries are contacting the Prime Minister to support him in his difficult task of bringing the country out of its most critical economic crisis since independence in 1945. In Lebanon today Hezbollah militants continue to receive their full salaries, in US dollars, notwithstanding the “maximum pressure” on Iran and the harsh sanctions on Hezbollah.

In Palestine, the street was united against the “deal of the century” presented by the US administration. All rejected it, including President Mahmoud Abbas, who has in effect ended the Oslo agreement and all forms of security cooperation with Israel and the US. Palestinians from all walks of life insist on their right to return home and rejected the “deal” that takes away all freshwater resources, access to the Dead Sea, and 30% of land in the west bank. It was rare to see similar unity among all Palestinian groups against one cause.

In Afghanistan, the US recognised the unusual activity of the Taliban since the beginning of the year. General Franck McKenzie, the commander of all US forces in the Middle East, acknowledged that “there has been an increase in Iranian activity in Afghanistan that poses a risk to American and coalition troops there. Iran sees perhaps an opportunity to get after us and the coalition here through their proxies”. McKenzie sees a “worrisome trend of malign Iranian interference”. Taliban downed a US plane used by the CIA. The Pentagon acknowledges the death of two officers on board but refrains from sharing additional information.

In Yemen, the spokesperson of the Yemen armed forces, General Yahya Saree, revealed details of the most daring military operation against the Saudi-led coalition in Naham, Ma’reb under the name of “Buniyan al-Marsus”. He claimed 17 brigades were attacked and the Yemeni forces managed to control a vast area in the province. Moreover, Yemen is developing its military capability more than ever, hitting deep into Saudi Arabia and its oil resources.

The path of the “Axis of the Resistance” seems unstoppable notwithstanding Major General Soleimani’s assassination. The birth of a new resistance in the north-east of Syria, in al Hasaka province, indicates a spontaneous new approach that the “Axis of the Resistance” can build upon. The fertile ground in the Syrian village of Khirbet Ammo fostered a new wave of resistance in other communities against the US occupation forces whose objective is to steal Syrian oil, as President Donald Trump brazenly announced. Unarmed men stood against a fully armed US convoy, asking them not to return. This is a mentality and an objective that has been cultivated throughout all these years and has become robustly integrated among the members of the “Axis of the Resistance”. 

These events show that individual leaders are irrelevant; the best leaders know that they will be killed on this path. The Martyr Qassem Soleimani is achieving even more than the Major General did.

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29 thoughts on “Is the “Axis of Resistance” in a better or worse position? The Martyr Qassem Soleimani achieves even more than the Major General did

  1. Trump will be remembered for the murder of the legendary Soleimani….it will hang around his neck like an albatross.

    History will record the final downleg of the USA as being the coincidence of the narcissistic idiot Trump being president at the exact same time as Russia and China had the prepotent Putin & Xi.

  2. Very grateful for an eagle view of the landscape post Shahid Sardar Soleimani dastardly assassination.

    A teacher of mine likes to say, “Cemeteries are full of people the world cannot do without,” making sure his students didn’t go astray on a personality cult.

    On the other hand, Mao Zedong, while honoring the death of Zhang Side, a PLA soldier and Long March participant, quoted famous Han Dynasty historian Sima Qian: “Though death befalls all men alike, it may be heavy as Mount Tai or light as a feather.” Mao continued: “To die for the people is weightier than Mount Tai, but to work for the fascists and die for the exploiters and oppressors is lighter than a feather. Comrade Zhang Side died for the people, and his death is indeed weightier than Mount Tai”. (Wikipedia, )

    Same quote I dusted off my memory in the eulogy I wrote the very day Shahid Sardar Soleimani was martyred, which I find it relevant and fitting to reproduce below, with a few editions, days after the 40th Day anniversary of his assassination. I couldn’t post it on this venue for technical reasons, and wouldn’t post it anywhere else.

    Mr. Magnier’s current, masterful narrative of the landscape in which Shahid Sardar Qassem Soleimani lived, walked, and died for, only confirms our thoughts and perspectives at that earth-shattering moment.

    Lone Wolf



    Long live Shahid Qassem Soleimani!!!

    Regardless of the consequences of the US latest dastardly crime, the martyrdom of Commander of the Axis of Resistance Qassem Soleimani will speed the fall of the US empire as a dominant force in Southwest Asia. The assassination of a man Supreme Leader Imam Khamenei considered a “living martyr” will reverberate in the Middle East and beyond for decades to come. The effect will be like that of the assassination of “Che” Guevara, whose iconic picture crossed planet borders and is carried around by the wretched of the earth anywhere they revolt against oppression. Shahid Soleimani was a master strategist, a holy warrior, a zealot of resistance against oppression, a visionary who created an Axis of Resistance under the nose of the US and Israel, and turned entire countries into a resistance force, e.g. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and many others we don’t even know about.

    Chairman Mao was quoted as saying “the death of a man can be as light as a feather, or as heavy as a mountain.” No doubt the death of Shahid Soleimani will be the insurmountable mountain against which the plans for domination and oppression in the ME by the US/NATO and their bastard child, Israel, will crash again and again. We only need to look at Lebanon’s/Iraq’s Hezbollah, Yemen’s Houthis, et al, to witness the spirit of Soleimani behind the defeats of the Saudis and their tens of thousands of mercenaries in Yemen, behind the strategic parity Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah forced on the Israelis, behind the defeat of the US and their fake and phony “muslim” proxy scum in Syria. It was Soleimani who traveled to Russia to warn Putin/Shoigu/Lavrov that if Syria fell to the taqfiri scum, their Caucasus underbelly would be fair game.

    Shahid Soleimani never hid. He was always right out there, ready for martyrdom, which he expected it could happen any minute. I consider his assassination a failure of Iranian intelligence. Many attempts were thwarted before the final mortal blow, he was a living target, a marked man, and he knew it. US/Israel intelligence elaborated a trap that was effective because it was simple. They fabricated a bogus attack on one of their Iraqi bases, concocted the death of a “contractor,” so far no one knows whether the so-called “contractor” was civilian or military, or an alphabet soup spook. Based on flimsy “defense” pretexts, the US launched an attack on Iraq’s PMU militias, created by Soleimani to fight ISIS, then the criminals sat and waited for Soleimani to show up.

    All the Iranian intel needed to do to protect Soleimani, was to compare the context of the attack Bill Clinton launched on “Al Qaeda” (sic) in Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998, to Trump’s impeachment trial. Any good intel agency would have advised Shahid Soleimani to wait before going to Iraq, particularly after the PMU attack, just in case Trump wanted to “wag the dog” like Bill Clinton. And wag the dog Trump did, surpassing Clinton by such a margin he turned himself into a target, putting at risk the lives of thousands of Americans in the ME and beyond. Trump assassinated Soleimani to divert attention from the latest incriminatory revelations of his pathetic quid pro quo with Ukraine. Full stop.

    Speculations over the future in the US/Iran confrontation are not my cup of tea, however, Iran war with Saddam’s Iraq showed their determination and steadfastness to defend their country no matter the dangers. Soleimani and most of the Iranian top brass were shaped in that atrocious war against a psychopath who threw every conceivable forbidden weapon against Iranians, all courtesy of the US. The Iranian political and military leadership should approach the assassination of Soleimani with a cool head. Their constant declarations for revenge only contribute to inflame the context of the confrontation, adding nothing to a military response, making Iranians look like hostile and aggressive before the world. A mature political-military leadership will not engage in threats.

    Those old enough to remember, never witnessed Ho Chi Minh or North Viet Nam leadership yelling “revenge!” to the world, they promised to defend their country and expel the US, which they did, and always appeared before the world as victims of an aggression, which they were, awakening world-wide solidarity with them and global condemnation of the US. Viet Nam’s political-military strategy was to win hearts and minds, and that they did, Gen. Giap was never a vociferous warmonger. Neither was Major Gen. Soleimani. “Humility make them haughty,” taught master strategist Sun Tzu, and the Vietnamese followed that to the letter. Humility was Shahid Soleimani most outstanding quality. The US can carpet-bomb Iran several times over, and then some, bomb Iran back to the Stone Age. The Iranians have built their defenses to counter such attacks, however, the MIC would be very happy to get rid of old ordnance to keep the war machine going, their warehouses are full and waiting for another “Made in the USA” war of aggression, the longer, the better.

    And Trump is creating the perception that a prolonged conflict would be Iran’s choice, asking Iranians via the Swiss embassy to give a “proportionate response” to the assassination of Soleimani. While the shameless, ridiculous, bordering in mockery petition, serves only to reveal Trump’s fears that his reckless policies might cause his defeat comes November, it also signals the US willingness for a tit-for-tat, case closed. Trump clearly said no “regime change” or war against Iran is in the horizon, the US goal was to get rid of Soleimani. Full stop. Iran’s path to avoid a bloody confrontation that can turn them into another failed state like their neighbor Iraq, which never recovered from the US invasion, lays in between their calls for revenge and the US offer of a face-saving response to the killing of Soleimani.

    May Allah give the Iranian leadership the wisdom to save their people from the plight neighboring countries are suffering after decades of war. A devastating response from Iran could unleash a conflict of cataclysmic proportions and sink Iran into a war from which the devastation of Syria/Yemen/Afghanistan/Lybia would be a walk in the park in comparison. That is the REAL purpose of the US/NATO/Israel, to keep these countries in permanent conflict, wasting their resources into a military morass, losing their gains in technology, science, education and other fields, condemning them to poverty and social upheaval for decades to come. Look at Iraq’s morass. It was not a coincidence the US chose to kill Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq is a Swiss cheese of foreign agents, CIA/Mossad/MI6, BND, et al.

    Instead of a “devastating response” as the Iranians are promising, why not give Trump and the US a death by a thousand cuts, Vietnamese style?

    Lone Wolf

  3. US unbridled corruption is a malign influence on any society it comes in contact with where money is the ultimate arbiter of everything. There is no ethics, morals or honor in it. US has corrupted the entire world with money. humans are weak and have forgotten the lessons of history.. But in the end, all the money can buys you is a nice coffin..

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