Iran Releases Qassem Soleimani Documentary
OE Watch Commentary: Qassem Soleimani is the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Qods [Jerusalem] Force, the IRGC’s elite unit charged with export of revolution. In 2007, the US Treasury Department designated it as an organization in support of terrorism and also singled out Soleimani. He remains on the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nations and Blocked Person List. Annex One to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1747 likewise cites Soleimani as a key IRGC individual subject to sanctions. That the Islamic Republic maintains a website dedicated to Soleimani suggests that, regardless of any other rapprochement, it very much supports Soleimani and his activities.
On an April 7, 2015 story, the website announced production on “Commander,” a biopic of Qassem Soleimani and his efforts to counter the Islamic State as well as promote “resistance” against Israel. Indeed, the description of the film in the excerpted article suggests equivalence between fighting the Islamic State and destroying the “Zionist regime,” i.e., Israel. This suggests that antipathy toward Israel remains an ideological pillar of the Islamic Republic and the IRGC. During the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) the IRGC declared its war aims not simply to be expulsion of Iraqi forces from Iranian territory or defeat of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime in Iraq, but rather the liberation of Jerusalem.
That “Commander” focuses on Qods Force efforts to conquer Jerusalem indicates that Iranian efforts to arm and train terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and elements on the Golan Heights and perhaps even in the Sinai Peninsula will continue, and that the IRGC will use such a campaign to ensure it remains front and center in the competition for power and resources within Iran. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Zendigi Hajji Qassem Soleimani Film Mishavad” (The Life of Hajji Qassem Soleimani Made into a Film),, 7 April 2015.
Commander: The Life and Times of Qassem Soleimani
Sayyid Sa’id Hassanpour, director and documentary filmmaker, spoke to Tasnim about the production of the movie “Commander,” which focuses on the international activities of the Qods Force and aims to depict the conquest of Jerusalem by the forces of resistance, and the Iranian commanders and especially Commander Hajji Qassem Soleimani. The film has begun production. The film “Commander” depicts that it is a strategic approach which will destroy the Zionist regime and the Islamic State. He added, Hassan Abbadi, Jamal Shorjeh, Abulqassem Talabi, Nader Talabzadeh, and Shahryar Zenshanas were members of the production council who accompanied me in this first cinematic experience. He added that due to the special circumstances of the axis of resistance, the proxy war to conquer Jerusalem and destroy the Zionist regime is led by the strategic and military power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of the Islamic Republic of Iran.