Iran has made no effort to hide its role in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq, most recently in Tikrit. General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Qods Force, has been directing and advising a combination of the Iraqi military and Shiite militias. Photos of him on the front lines have been widely shared on Twitter and other social media networks.
Haj Qassem today in Tikrit pic.twitter.com/gDq6CJPClj— عمليات تهران (@TehranOM) March 10, 2015
Iran's Quds Force Gen Qasem Soleimani reportedly drinking tea near Tikrit & leading Iraq'i forces against ISIS. pic.twitter.com/91dffVJyrW— Hanif Z. Kashani (@hanifzk) March 5, 2015
Iran & Region II: Salvaging Iraq by Alireza Nader