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Iran Names New Quds Force Commander After US Kills Qassem Soleimani

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Protesters in Tehran, Iran, burn an American flag after the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

Friday, 03 January 2020 07:14 AM

Iran's supreme leader appointed the deputy commander of the Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, as the replacement for Qassem Soleimani, the former head of the elite force who was killed in a U.S. airstrike on Friday, state media reported.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a statement that the activities of the Quds Force, the military unit responsible for projecting Iran's influence via proxies across the Middle East, "will be unchanged from the time of his predecessor."

Ghaani became deputy commander of the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, in 1997 when Soleimani became the Force's chief commander.

Ghaani was quoted by Iranian media as saying in 2017 that President Donald Trump's "threats against Iran will damage America ... We have buried many ... like Trump and know how to fight against America."

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Iran's supreme leader appointed the deputy commander of the Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, as the replacement for Qassem Soleimani.
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