Schon am 3. Januar 2020 ernannte Irans oberster Führer, Grossayatollah Ali Khamenei, den neuen Kommandeur des al-Quds-Elite-Korps der Revolutionsgarden.
Der Nachfolger Soleimanis ist sein Stellvertreter, der 62-jährige Brigadegeneral Ismaeil Gha’ani. Er führe den Kampf der Al-Quds-Pasdaran genau so weiter wie Generalmajor Kassem Soleimani; und er werde Soleimanis Tod rächen, drohte Khamenei.
Wer ist Soleimanis Nachfolger?
Ismaeil Gha’ani (born 8 August 1957) is a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and commander of its Quds Force — a division primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.
Gha’ani was appointed Deputy Commander of the Quds Force in 1997 by IRGC Commander Rahim Safavi, along with Qasem Soleimani as Commander. As Deputy, Ghaani oversaw financial disbursements to paramilitary groups including Hezbollah and an arms shipment intended for Gambia intercepted in Nigeria in October 2010.
In March 2012, Ghaani was added to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets and prohibiting transactions with U.S. entities.
Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei appointed Ghaani as Commander of the Quds Force on 3 January 2020 after General Soleimani was killed by a targeted U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.