According to leaked reports, Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, the elite branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is mandated to advance Iran's revolutionary and political interests in foreign nations, recently traveled to Iraq and met with the leaders of Iraqi militia groups that the Iranian regime controls.
Iran's most senior general instructed the Iraqi Shiite militias to "prepare for proxy war". Iran's leaders continue to exert significant influence both directly and indirectly in Iraq through a conglomerate of more than 40 Iraqi militiagroups that operate under the name Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
Soleimani is also well known as one of the Middle East's deadliest operatives, and is considered by many Iran's most dangerous man. The Quds Force has, in addition, given birth to a variety of designated terrorist groups, including Asaib Al-Haq and Kataib Al-Imam Ali (KIA), which use horrific tactics of torture similar to the Islamic State (ISIS).
A recent report showed that Iran has murdered more Americans in Iraq than was previously thought. This is in addition to the thousands of innocents — including Iraqi children and women — who have been killed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force, and their militias.
It is not the first time that the Quds Force had prepared militias and proxies to carry out attacks against foreign entities. The Quds Force has been accused of failed plans to bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in the US, and to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Adel Al-Jubeir. An investigation further revealed that the Quds Force was also behind the assassination of Lebanon's Sunni Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and implicated in the 9/11 attacks. US Federal Judge George Daniels issued an order stating that Iran, its Lebanese Shiite proxy Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda were jointly responsible for those terrorist attacks.