Leader awards General Soleimani with Iran's highest military order
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has awarded Iran’s highest military order, the ‘Order of Zulfaqar’, to IRGC Quds Force’s Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.
According to Press TV, General Soleimani is the first Iranian military official to receive the order after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
After the ‘Order of Zulfaqar’, the ‘Order of Conquest’ is the highest military order, which General Soleimani has already received three times.
The top general leads the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and is widely known as one of the most influential military commanders in the world.
The IRGC commander is widely seen as a strategist and adviser in the counter-terrorism operations against Takfiri terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
The powerful general leads Iranian military advisers backing the national armies of Syria and Iraq in their fight against terrorism.
General Soleimani was present on the ground to supervise the decisive stages of Iran-backed operations against Daesh, which lost in late 2017 all the territories it had seized in Iraq and Syria.
He declared the end of Daesh’s territorial rule in a letter addressed to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in November 2017. Ayatollah Khamenei had earlier described him as a “living martyr”.