A video was recently leaked purportedly showing Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force, while he visited fighters in the Syrian city of Aleppo - or at least that's what the video's title claimed. Like all his photos during past year, Soleimani appeared happy with himself, smiling at all those surrounding him while promising victory in the "sacred" war which he deludes his Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese fighters in Syria with. But in this recent appearance, the footage of Soleimani does not appear official, nor does he present himself in an official manner. Still, he is seen as a militia leader who is skilled at exhibiting whatever he wants to through leaked scenes, which can either be rejected or accepted as a presentation of the truth.
But is the video new or old? Is Soleimani still alive, carrying out Iran's plans in Syria and Iraq, or has he been killed, as has been rumored by several media outlets in recent months? The man's biography has occupied international media outlets in the past year – particularly with regards to his military roles in Iraq and Syria. So, has he really been killed? If he's alive, why doesn't he make an official appearance to show the world that the rumors are not true?
Iran has a sectarian expansionist project in mind, and its claim of confronting extremism and ISIS only attracts more extremismDiana Moukalled