Why Syrians cheer Soleimani's demise

How did Syrians react to news of the death of Qassem Soleimani?  The first reaction, especially in the city of Aleppo, was to celebrate as if it were a national festival.  In Aleppo, and in many cities beyond, they gathered to celebrate, sing, dance, and offer cookies and baklava to everyone.  Cheering people in the streets, speaking in front of the cameras, said they hoped the next target would be Syria's detested dictator, Bashar Assad.

Soleimani, who was the commander of Iran's Quds Force, was a dedicated ally to Assad who murdered tens of thousands of civilians in Syria.  Iran's mullahs and their favorite general, Soleimani, made it quite clear, time and again, that to them Syria was just another province of Iran to abuse as they wished.  Their meddling in Syria at the hands of Soleimani was the cause of mass murders to our homeland, and for that, Syrians will never forgive him.

Soleimani wasn't just a killer of Syrians; he was also known as a notorious man who prevented Assad's downfall several times.  He was considered an architect of Assad's war against the Syrian people and their Syrian liberation army, which fought Assad.  Every time Assad was cornered and could no longer survive, Soleimani was there to help him out at the enormous cost of Syrian lives.  Therefore, Syrians hated him and from the bottom of their hearts wanted him eliminated.

It was reported that in 2012, Assad was in a difficult situation.  His army was not fighting for him.  He was on the way out.  But then Soleimani was there for him.  Soleimani boasted that he would bring Iran's Basij brigades to save him.  The Basij brigades were paramilitary thugs acting as a unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which have been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S.  He apparently made good on his threat, using sneak tactics.  By August of the same year, 48 Iranians were reportedly captured inside Syria posing as pilgrims but were identified as Quds Force members.

Soleimani began to bring in foreign militia forces composed of Hezb'allah members and Iraqi Shiite militias.  His second in command, General Hossein Hamedani, was settled in Syria, and supplies began to fly in heavily from Iran for killing Syrian civilians.

Soleimani reassembled different Syrian intelligence apparati as the number of Quds Force officers and their foreign proxies present in Syria rose to the thousands.  Some 2,000 Hezb'allah fighters joined the concert in April 2013.  Finally, with no fewer than 80,000 fighting forces under the Quds Force command, Assad was saved from his downfall.  Soleimani himself spent so much time in Syria bailing him out that he was almost resident in Damascus; he used to go to Syria a lot to attend meetings with Assad and to visit the operation fields.

In another round of rescue for Assad regime, Soleimani was assigned by Khamenei to go to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin in order to pave the way for the Russian intervention in Syria that followed.

Reuters reported on Oct. 6, 2015 that "Iran has aided Assad militarily by mobilizing its Shi'ite militias to fight alongside the Syrian army, and dispatching Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officers as advisors.  A number of them have been killed."  This happened as Assad was fighting to retain his grip on power as the Syrian liberation army closed in.

Of Soleimani's visit to Moscow, Reuters reported: "Soleimani put the map of Syria on the table.  The Russians were very alarmed, and felt matters were in steep decline and that there were real dangers to the [Syrian] regime.  The Iranians assured them there is still the possibility to reclaim the initiative."  At that time, "Soleimani played a role in assuring them that we haven't lost all the cards."

Therefore, his visit to Moscow in 2015 was the first step in planning for a Russian military intervention that reshaped the Syrian war in favor of Assad regime.  This intervention has cost tens of thousands of civilian lives in Syria.

These were known facts registered in the history.  What was unknown was if the architect of such vicious plans — i.e., Qassem Soleimani — would ever receive the punishment he deserved.

Now that he has, it is obvious that his elimination will have tremendous impact on the fate of the Assad regime, since he has lost a savior, and from now on, he won't find a rescuer the next time he is trapped.

As the last word, now that Iran's evil Quds Force has lost its head, it is time to evict the IRGC and its Quds Force altogether from the region.  This is what the people of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and all other countries have been wishing for a long time.  This perspective is the main reason why they now  celebrate Soleimani's death.

Souheïr Atassi is the main secular activist of the Syrian opposition and is, since November 2012, the vice president of the National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.  She was the second Syrian personality in the Geneva conference.

Image credit: Kremlin.ru, CC BY-SA 4.0.

How did Syrians react to news of the death of Qassem Soleimani?  The first reaction, especially in the city of Aleppo, was to celebrate as if it were a national festival.  In Aleppo, and in many cities beyond, they gathered to celebrate, sing, dance, and offer cookies and baklava to everyone.  Cheering people in the streets, speaking in front of the cameras, said they hoped the next target would be Syria's detested dictator, Bashar Assad.

Soleimani, who was the commander of Iran's Quds Force, was a dedicated ally to Assad who murdered tens of thousands of civilians in Syria.  Iran's mullahs and their favorite general, Soleimani, made it quite clear, time and again, that to them Syria was just another province of Iran to abuse as they wished.  Their meddling in Syria at the hands of Soleimani was the cause of mass murders to our homeland, and for that, Syrians will never forgive him.

Soleimani wasn't just a killer of Syrians; he was also known as a notorious man who prevented Assad's downfall several times.  He was considered an architect of Assad's war against the Syrian people and their Syrian liberation army, which fought Assad.  Every time Assad was cornered and could no longer survive, Soleimani was there to help him out at the enormous cost of Syrian lives.  Therefore, Syrians hated him and from the bottom of their hearts wanted him eliminated.

It was reported that in 2012, Assad was in a difficult situation.  His army was not fighting for him.  He was on the way out.  But then Soleimani was there for him.  Soleimani boasted that he would bring Iran's Basij brigades to save him.  The Basij brigades were paramilitary thugs acting as a unit of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which have been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S.  He apparently made good on his threat, using sneak tactics.  By August of the same year, 48 Iranians were reportedly captured inside Syria posing as pilgrims but were identified as Quds Force members.

Soleimani began to bring in foreign militia forces composed of Hezb'allah members and Iraqi Shiite militias.  His second in command, General Hossein Hamedani, was settled in Syria, and supplies began to fly in heavily from Iran for killing Syrian civilians.

Soleimani reassembled different Syrian intelligence apparati as the number of Quds Force officers and their foreign proxies present in Syria rose to the thousands.  Some 2,000 Hezb'allah fighters joined the concert in April 2013.  Finally, with no fewer than 80,000 fighting forces under the Quds Force command, Assad was saved from his downfall.  Soleimani himself spent so much time in Syria bailing him out that he was almost resident in Damascus; he used to go to Syria a lot to attend meetings with Assad and to visit the operation fields.

In another round of rescue for Assad regime, Soleimani was assigned by Khamenei to go to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin in order to pave the way for the Russian intervention in Syria that followed.

Reuters reported on Oct. 6, 2015 that "Iran has aided Assad militarily by mobilizing its Shi'ite militias to fight alongside the Syrian army, and dispatching Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps officers as advisors.  A number of them have been killed."  This happened as Assad was fighting to retain his grip on power as the Syrian liberation army closed in.

Of Soleimani's visit to Moscow, Reuters reported: "Soleimani put the map of Syria on the table.  The Russians were very alarmed, and felt matters were in steep decline and that there were real dangers to the [Syrian] regime.  The Iranians assured them there is still the possibility to reclaim the initiative."  At that time, "Soleimani played a role in assuring them that we haven't lost all the cards."

Therefore, his visit to Moscow in 2015 was the first step in planning for a Russian military intervention that reshaped the Syrian war in favor of Assad regime.  This intervention has cost tens of thousands of civilian lives in Syria.

These were known facts registered in the history.  What was unknown was if the architect of such vicious plans — i.e., Qassem Soleimani — would ever receive the punishment he deserved.

Now that he has, it is obvious that his elimination will have tremendous impact on the fate of the Assad regime, since he has lost a savior, and from now on, he won't find a rescuer the next time he is trapped.

As the last word, now that Iran's evil Quds Force has lost its head, it is time to evict the IRGC and its Quds Force altogether from the region.  This is what the people of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and all other countries have been wishing for a long time.  This perspective is the main reason why they now  celebrate Soleimani's death.

Souheïr Atassi is the main secular activist of the Syrian opposition and is, since November 2012, the vice president of the National Coalition of Opposition and Revolutionary Forces.  She was the second Syrian personality in the Geneva conference.

Image credit: Kremlin.ru, CC BY-SA 4.0.