Meet The Ghostly Iranian Spymaster Running Every Mid-East Proxy War: "He Is Everywhere But Nowhere"

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Everyone likes a good ghost story every now and again and as it turns out, at the other end of the rabbit hole that is Syria’s bloody civil war, you come face to face with a shadowy Iranian general the mere mention of whom is enough to send chills down the spines of intelligence operatives the world over.

Earlier in September, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt had an awkward exchange with Donald Trump on air:

Hewitt: Are you familiar with Gen. Soleimani?

Trump: Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me.

Hewitt: He runs the Quds Forces.

Trump: Yes, okay, right.

Hewitt: Do you expect his behavior..

Trump: The Kurds.. have been horribly mistreated by us.

Hewitt: No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Forces.

Trump: Yes, yes.

Hewitt: The bad guys.

Trump: Right.

Here’s how The New Yorker describes Hewitt’s “bad guys”: “The force is the sharp instrument of Iranian foreign policy, roughly analogous to a combined C.I.A. and Special Forces.”

Their commander is Gen. Qassem Soleimani and if you believe the legend, he is a spy among spies - a general among generals - a kind of ghost story that intelligence agents might tell their kids around a campfire.

Weeks ago, we began to suggest that it was Soleimani who orchestrated the Russian-Iranian incursion in Syria. That now looks to have been the case as we explained in "Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions." But before we delve further into the General's role in Syria, we'll first give you a taste of the backround story behind a man who many Iranians look upon with near religious reverence.

There are competing accounts regarding Soleimaini’s birthplace. Consider the following from the American Enterprise Institute

“According to the US Department of State, Suleimani was born in the city of Qom on March 11, 1957. Persian-language sources contest this claim, identifying the village of Rabord in Kerman Province in south-eastern Iran as Suleimani’s place of birth[9]–which has significant implications for understanding Suleimani. Qom’s population is centered around religion, including theologians and seminary students from all over the world, along with pilgrims and those who make their living from the pilgrimage industry. In contrast, the mountain village of Rabord in remote Kerman–closer to the Afghan border–has a tribal structure, which would have prepared Suleimani for operating in tribal societies such as those in Afghanistan and Iraq.” 

Keep that last bolded passage in mind. 

When Soleimani was a child, he and a relative left home to earn money for their fathers who they feared would be arrested in connection with money their families owed to the Shah. Soleimani worked menial jobs until 1979 when, after the Shah was overthrown by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, he joined the newly-created Revolutionary Guard. When Saddam invaded Iran, Soleimani was sent to the frontlines as a water boy (literally) and ended up staying there until the end of the war. Here are a few excerpts from The New Yorker’s account:

Suleimani earned a reputation for bravery and élan, especially as a result of reconnaissance missions he undertook behind Iraqi lines. He returned from several missions bearing a goat, which his soldiers slaughtered and grilled. “Even the Iraqis, our enemy, admired him for this,” a former Revolutionary Guard officer who defected to the United States told me. On Iraqi radio, Suleimani became known as “the goat thief.” In recognition of his effectiveness, Alfoneh said, he was put in charge of a brigade from Kerman, with men from the gyms where he lifted weights.


The Iranian Army was badly overmatched, and its commanders resorted to crude and costly tactics. In “human wave” assaults, they sent thousands of young men directly into the Iraqi lines, often to clear minefields, and soldiers died at a precipitous rate. Suleimani seemed distressed by the loss of life. Before sending his men into battle, he would embrace each one and bid him goodbye; in speeches, he praised martyred soldiers and begged their forgiveness for not being martyred himself. When Suleimani’s superiors announced plans to attack the Faw Peninsula, he dismissed them as wasteful and foolhardy. The former Revolutionary Guard officer recalled seeing Suleimani in 1985, after a battle in which his brigade had suffered many dead and wounded. He was sitting alone in a corner of a tent. “He was very silent, thinking about the people he’d lost,” the officer said.

Iran, bitter at the West's role in helping Saddam during the war (yes, that's right, the US has been using the same flawed Mid-East foreign policy for decades wherein the only thing that matters is expediency, leading directly a disastrous brand of geopolitical myopia) but having come away with a lesson in the futility of open warfare, set out (again in The New Yorker's words) to "build the capacity to wage asymmetrical warfare—attacking stronger powers indirectly, outside of Iran." The Quds Force was born.

You can read more details of Soleimani's exploits in the articles cited and linked above including how he battled the Taliban on the Afghan border, but for brevity's sake, suffice to say he became the Quds commander in 1998. From then on, he capitalized on various opportunities to build the alliances that Tehran needed in order to ensure that the regional balance of power didn't tip too far in the direction of Riyadh and the Sunnis. In one famous case, he allegedly tried to orchestrate the assassination of the Saudi ambassador in a Washington DC restaurant. From Wikileaks:

Designated today pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF were: Manssor Arbabsiar, a naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports who acted on behalf of the IRGC-QF to pursue the failed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador; IRGC-QF commander Qasem Soleimani.

He also coordinated heavily with the US in the wake of 9/11 before Bush's "axis of evil" comment soured the relationship at which point the General purportedly began sponsoring attacks on US troops. He formed stronger relations with Hezbollah and developed powerful Shiite militias in Iraq on the way to becoming what one former Iraqi official described as "the most powerful man in the country, without question.” He is even feared by the Peshmerga, who aren't exactly known for cowardice. Sound far fetched? Consider the following short clip: 

Don't forget that Russia and Syria just recently sealed an intelligence sharing deal which is almost invariably the precursor to Russian bombing raids in support of Iraq's Shiite militias as they battle ISIS.

And as for who's arming the Shiite Houthis in Yemen against the Saudis: you guessed it, Soleimani.

As for Syria, he has quite simply been running the show for years. As one American official told The New Yorker two years ago, "he’s running the war [in Syria] himself." Here's an excerpt from a 2009 secret diplomatic cable (again, via Wikileaks):

The public showcasing of these three visits  contrasted with the secrecy with which Iranian Revolutionary  Guard Commander/al-Quds Force Ghassem Soleimani conducted  his.  Reportedly accompanying Jalili, Soleimani returned to  Damascus after a long absence, perhaps a reflection of  lingering tensions between Iran and Syria that erupted after  the February 2008 assassination of Hizballah military  strategist Imad Mugniyah in the Syrian capital.  Al Hayat  Bureau Chief Ibrahim Hamidi (strictly protect) spoke very reluctantly about Soleimani's presence in Damascus, saying  only that "he was here," and "when he visits, it's usually  significant." 

The problem, in Soleimani's own words, is that "the Syrian Army is useless!" And so in light of that rather blunt assessment, the General appears to have gotten fed up with SAA incompetence leading directly to the following:

Back in June, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qasem Soleimaini, visited a town north of Latakia on the frontlines of Syria’s protracted civil war. Following that visit, he promised that Tehran and Damascus were set to unveil a new strategy that would “surprise the world.” 


Just a little over a month later, Soleimani - in violation of a UN travel ban - visited Russia and held meetings with The Kremlin. The Pentagon now says those meetings were “very important” in accelerating the timetable for Russia’s involvement in Syria. The General allegedly made another visit to Moscow in September.

Here is Reuters with more color on what exactly took place when Soleimani flew to Moscow:

At a meeting in Moscow in July, a top Iranian general unfurled a map of Syria to explain to his Russian hosts how a series of defeats for President Bashar al-Assad could be turned into victory - with Russia's help.


Major General Qassem Soleimani's visit to Moscow was the first step in planning for a Russian military intervention that has reshaped the Syrian war and forged a new Iranian-Russian alliance in support of Assad.


As Russian warplanes bomb rebels from above, the arrival of Iranian special forces for ground operations underscores several months of planning between Assad's two most important allies, driven by panic at rapid insurgent gains.


Senior regional sources say Soleimani has already been overseeing ground operations against insurgents in Syria and is now at the heart of planning for the new Russian- and Iranian-backed offensive.


That expands his regional role as the battlefield commander who has also steered the fight in neighboring Iraq by Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia against Islamic State.


His Moscow meeting outlined the deteriorating situation in Syria, where rebel advances toward the coast were posing a danger to the heartland of Assad's Alawite sect, where Russia maintains its only Mediterranean naval base in Tartous.


"Soleimani put the map of Syria on the table. The Russians were very alarmed, and felt matters were in steep decline and that there were real dangers to the regime. The Iranians assured them there is still the possibility to reclaim the initiative," a senior regional official said. "At that time, Soleimani played a role in assuring them that we haven't lost all the cards."


Three senior officials in the region say Soleimani's July trip was preceded by high-level Russian-Iranian contacts that produced political agreement on the need to pump in new support for Assad as his losses accelerated.


The decision for a joint Iranian-Russian military effort in Syria was taken at a meeting between Russia's foreign minister and Khamenei a few months ago, said a senior official of a country in the region, involved in security matters.


"Soleimani, assigned by Khamenei to run the Iranian side of the operation, traveled to Moscow to discuss details. And he also traveled to Syria several times since then," the official said.


The Russian government says its Syria deployment came as the result of a formal request from Assad, who himself laid out the problems facing the Syrian military in stark terms in July, saying it faced a manpower problem.


Khamenei also sent a senior envoy to Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin, another senior regional official said. "Putin told him 'Okay we will intervene. Send Qassem Soleimani'. 

And the rest, as they say, is history in Syria.

That, in brief, is the story of Iran's spymaster general who not only controls Iraqi politics and serves as the supreme commander for the country's various Shiite militias, but who is also the puppet master for the Houthis and Hezbollah. Now, he's orchestrated Russian air support for Iran's ally in Damascus. 

Everything laid out above would obviously be intriguing enough on its own but consider one last excerpt, this one from BBC:

Switch on the television in Iran these days and it won't be long before you see General Qasem Soleimani.

The once reclusive head of the Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force has emerged from a lifetime in the shadows directing covert operations abroad, to achieve almost celebrity status in Iran.


The man who, until a couple of years ago most Iranians would not have recognised on the street, is now the subject of documentaries, news reports and even pop songs.


One music video widely shared in Iran was made by Shia militia fighters in Iraq. It shows soldiers spray-painting the general's portrait on a wall and parading in front of it while stirring music plays in the background.


Inside Iran a campaign has started among conservative bloggers for Gen Soleimani to go into politics. They have dubbed him Iran's most honest and least corrupt politician and are calling for him to put his uniform aside and stand for president in 2017.

Is Soleimani set to make a play for the Iranian presidency? And if so, what comes next? That is, what use is the Ayatollah in the face of the most revered general in the country who all at once embodies everything the Supreme Leader stands for while also possessing a steely resolve and measured (or maybe "calculated" is the better word) approach to diplomacy? Finally, what happens if the man who, in the West anyway, is generally considered to be the number one agent for state sponsored terror becomes president shortly after the nuclear deal?

Perhaps this is simply an example of a decorated war verteran around which a legend has grown that bears no resemblance to reality. 

Or perhaps - just perhaps - there's something bigger going on and between all of the Moscow versus Washington, East Vs. West, Cold War 2.0 headlines everyone simply missed it. And if there is a bigger picture here, will we even get to see it play out, or will Soleimani simply recede back into the shadows to run the show from behind the curtain?

And on that note, we close with one quote, and one clip...

A senior US official in 2011: "He is indeed like Keyser Soze. He is everywhere, but nowhere."

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dsty's picture

Enquiring minds read RT

THere, feel better?

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yomutti (not verified) Oct 12, 2015 10:05 PM

Mr. Soleimani will soon find himself on the wrong end of a Hellfire missile. And I will be laughing and raising a toast to the IDF.


dsty's picture

Maccabees, the beer the chosen people choose.

Raise a glass to those who make ZH foolish

zazazaza zio

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Baby Bladeface (not verified) dsty Oct 12, 2015 10:29 PM

By the lunatics bleat.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

So is this the face of the next "Osama" bogeyman?

Macon Richardson's picture

So what's your point?

dsty's picture

that was good, too bad you can't post the cartoon picture.

wissen dass scheiBe's picture

...."your conclusions were all wrong, Ryan"

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yomutti (not verified) Oct 12, 2015 10:27 PM

Serena Shim - The b*tch worked for Iran, and now she's dead. Couldn't happen to a nicer person.

wissen dass scheiBe's picture


Is it real or is it memorized?

flatbush71's picture

Just two points Tyler,

Point one : Soleimani, on his best standup day, could not make a pimple on Keyser Soze's ass. 

Point two : Soleimani, has been found to be far more useful alive rather than being in the opposite state.

If and when his usefulness expires, so will he.




Buster Cherry's picture

Be thirsty my friend.....

withglee's picture

the other end of the rabbit hole that is Syria’s bloody civil war,

Here's the marker. Syria is "not" having a bloody "civil" war. They are under attack by the CIA and Mossad.

And the Russians are now kicking the butts of their mercinary creations like Al CIA da and ISIS and who knows what other merry bands.

ZD1's picture


There are many Islamist factions fighting in Syria.

You are a brainwashed fool if you believe that all Syrians support Assad.

Syria is having a bloody un-civil war.

Rock On Roger's picture

I listened to a CBC interview of Syrian composer Malek Jandali today.


He doesn't like the government of Syria and I liked his tunes.


Fuck War

withglee's picture

Ophthalmologists never hit me as being blood thirsty.

withglee's picture

He also coordinated heavily with the US in the wake of 9/11

Hmmm. Another marker. I wonder if "he" knows why WTC7 fell down. This BS is getting really really deep.

Wahooo's picture

That caught my eye as well. Would make sense given the high level of saudi involvement in 911.

withglee's picture

given the high level of saudi involvement in 911.

You mean high level of saudi involvement in "the government's conspiracy theory" (and coverup) in 911 (inside job)?

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alphahammer (not verified) withglee Oct 13, 2015 10:42 AM


Yea the troll "marker". Always circle back to the ridiculous fiction about 9/11. The troll "marker" is to encourage actual Americans down the rabbit hole of complete bullshit so that they can hate their country and of course ask others to do so as well. Yes you traffic pathetically in the troll "marker".

Dude, do you have any idea how many people it would take to plan,prepare, practicve and then execute an operation like 9/11?


So where are they? Where are the "come forwards"? Where are the alcohol or drug fueled "confessions"? where are the tens of thousands of planning documents? Where is there ANY proof since everybody including Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning and even Snowden were interested in this and they collectively have what ? ZERO AS IN SQUAT AS IN ZILCH.

But go ahead, keep peddling your fauxnious bullshit to include particle beam weapons, Hollywood SAG actors, massive video doctoring and Jewish art students -- or is it CIA ghosts this week? 

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Dude, do you have any idea how many people it would take to plan,prepare, practicve and then execute an operation like 9/11?

No. Do you?

How many people does it take to inform 100% of the populace about WTC1&2 falling down and convince them that cavemen with box cutters who couldn't fly Cessnas did it by pouring kerosene on 3ft square 2" thick girders?

How many people does it take to keep 92% of those same people from knowing that WTC7 fell down? Why would they not want those same people to know the circumstances under which WTC7 fell down?

I am really pretty astonished that people like you can openly ask such questions ... dude!

How many people were involved in the Manhattan project ... dude!

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alphahammer (not verified) withglee Oct 13, 2015 1:41 PM


Yea I do know how many people it would take to accomplish a mission like 9/11 AND THAT WOULD BE GREATER THAN 5,000 PEOPLE. But since you can't read -- because I already gave you that number -- I'll be generous and give it to you again.

Manhattan project? Guess what? There were spies and it was leaked. 9/11 and where are the spies and leakes? NONE that's where...

1) You obviously know nothing about engineering.

2) You obviously know nothing about mission planning.

3) You obvioulsy have a dimwitted imagination.

Strike three. You're out.

Think about this. The planning needed just to put the hijackers on the plane.

1) A thoruogh tactical plan that would allow the hijackers to board the aircraft without getting caught. Written down and transmitted obviously.

2) Pre drill of the actual boarding -- probably >50 times.

3) Further contingency instructions to the hijackers in case of discovery -- AKA communication plan B or plausible denial.

4) Pre brief before mission launch with all teams and team members. 

5) Secure the mission with a safety team if the aircraft engines break down/weather etc. This team would likely be operatives that would eliminate the hijackers because you simply can't have rogue assets like that walking around the airport. This means the team would be in the terminal.

6) Execute the misision.

7) Debreief the mission.


How about inter agency coordination between the USAF, TSA, CIA, FBI, NSA, USN, FAA and some suggest the NYPD. There would be others to include foreign intelligence agencies. These organizations MUST talk to each other and plan this to perfection which means > 5,000 people practicing to do the most top secret mission in history of mankind. A mission to kill thousands of inncocent people on American soil. Not one document. Not one leak. Not one person to "come forward". Nothing. Period. Ever.

I guarantee you you have no fucking idea what you are talking about. The ability to pull of a mission like this without leaks or people rushing forward to "cleanse their soul" is 100% proof this was not and is 100% impossible to be an inside job. 

withglee's picture

Excellent red herrings.

Now, since you know about engineering enough to know I obviously am not one (I am one by the way), tell us ... why did WTC7 fall down?

I guarantee you you have no fucking idea what you are talking about.

I'm not talking about anything ... yet. First, I'm just asking about something that "obviously" can't happen. When I find someone who wants to kick dust up to divert my attention, I put them on the list for later interrogation ... but I don't lose focus in the process. In the end I will find answers to all your questions ... and mine as well.

This thing is very well orchestrated. I remember the news video clip of the guy describing how the jets brought the towers down. I later heard the same guy advertising hedge funds on SiriusXM. I'm sure someone out there knows his name and can supply a link. Lots of people's fingerprints are all over this thing.

If you're so damned well informed, perhaps you should be advising these people too:


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alphahammer (not verified) withglee Oct 13, 2015 4:15 PM


Red Herrings ? Ok sure...

Think about what you are saying. No serioulsy -- THINK about it.

You said the BBC reported WTC7 falling down 30 minutes before it did because "the BBC wasn't playing ball"

So what you are sayinbg is this, besides all the agencies I showed above that would need to collaborate to make this happen, you are saying the BBC was involved. 

1) Why would the BBC be "involved" in 9/11?

2) Were they notified in advance that it was going to happen and then didn't play ball?

3) Were they notified about conspiracy after the jets hit the two towers? WHY would the BBC be asked to "play ball" after the initial attack?

As you can see, the logic of the BBC being involved or not "playing ball" is absurd. There would be NO reason for the BBC to be involved in any sort of way with this supposed plan and in fact, the last people on the planet you would want anywhere near this would be a global media outlet. Leak much?


WHY would some hedge fund guy be advertising on Sirius? What does that even mean? BTW. It isn't even legal for hedge funds to advertise anywhere so that must be complete bullshit.


WTC 7 Collapse

Claim: Seven hours after the two towers fell, the 47-story WTC 7 collapsed. According to "The video clearly shows that it was not a collapse subsequent to a fire, but rather a controlled demolition: amongst the Internet investigators, the jury is in on this one."

LSDYNA Physics-based model of the collapse initiat…

Fire Storm: WTC 7 stands amid the rubble of the recently collapsed Twin Towers. Damaged by falling debris, the building then endures a fire that rages for hours. Experts say this combination, not a demolition-style implosion, led to the roofline "kink" that signals WTC 7's progressive collapse. 

FACT: Many conspiracy theorists point to FEMA's preliminary report, which said there was relatively light damage to WTC 7 prior to its collapse. With the benefit of more time and resources, NIST researchers now support the working hypothesis that WTC 7 was far more compromised by falling debris than the FEMA report indicated. "The most important thing we found was that there was, in fact, physical damage to the south face of building 7," NIST's Sunder tells PM. "On about a third of the face to the center and to the bottom—approximately 10 stories—about 25 percent of the depth of the building was scooped out." NIST also discovered previously undocumented damage to WTC 7's upper stories and its southwest corner.

NIST investigators believe a combination of intense fire and severe structural damage contributed to the collapse, though assigning the exact proportion requires more research. But NIST's analysis suggests the fall of WTC 7 was an example of "progressive collapse," a process in which the failure of parts of a structure ultimately creates strains that cause the entire building to come down. Videos of the fall of WTC 7 show cracks, or "kinks," in the building's facade just before the two penthouses disappeared into the structure, one after the other. The entire building fell in on itself, with the slumping east side of the structure pulling down the west side in a diagonal collapse.

According to NIST, there was one primary reason for the building's failure: In an unusual design, the columns near the visible kinks were carrying exceptionally large loads, roughly 2000 sq. ft. of floor area for each floor. "What our preliminary analysis has shown is that if you take out just one column on one of the lower floors," Sunder notes, "it could cause a vertical progression of collapse so that the entire section comes down."

There are two other possible contributing factors still under investigation: First, trusses on the fifth and seventh floors were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another. With columns on the south face apparently damaged, high stresses would likely have been communicated to columns on the building's other faces, thereby exceeding their load-bearing capacities.

Second, a fifth-floor fire burned for up to 7 hours. "There was no firefighting in WTC 7," Sunder says. Investigators believe the fire was fed by tanks of diesel fuel that many tenants used to run emergency generators. Most tanks throughout the building were fairly small, but a generator on the fifth floor was connected to a large tank in the basement via a pressurized line. Says Sunder: "Our current working hypothesis is that this pressurized line was supplying fuel [to the fire] for a long period of time."

WTC 7 might have withstood the physical damage it received, or the fire that burned for hours, but those combined factors—along with the building's unusual construction—were enough to set off the chain-reaction collapse.


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1) Why would the BBC be "involved" in 9/11?

I don't know, but an investigation would find out. They were obviously following a script.

2) Were they notified in advance that it was going to happen and then didn't play ball?

Must have been. I'm sure they're not clairvoyant.

3) Were they notified about conspiracy after the jets hit the two towers? WHY would the BBC be asked to "play ball" after the initial attack?

Once you dispell the government's conspiracy fiction, you then investigate. One vector of investigation would be the creation of the government's fiction. That would lead to the government's need to involve all the media they control so they could sell their fiction.

NIST researchers now support the working hypothesis that WTC 7 was far more compromised by falling debris than the FEMA report indicated.

Yet we see no evidence of that. And why are we having the agency responsible for thermometers doing this investigation. An investigation would reveal that no matter how much collateral damage there was to WTC7, it would not collapse in the perfectly uniform fashion we see. Think about what you are saying. No serioulsy -- THINK about it.

Videos of the fall of WTC 7 show cracks, or "kinks," in the building's facade just before the two penthouses disappeared into the structure, one after the other.

They show vertical lines of puffs on both sides and both equal distance in from the edge ... and then we have the collapse. You are cherry picking your evidence.

The entire building fell in on itself, with the slumping east side of the structure pulling down the west side in a diagonal collapse.

The video shows the building collapsing as if you were pulling down a shade. The left and right sides are even ... all the way down.

According to NIST, there was one primary reason for the building's failure: In an unusual design,

Even a flawed design could not result in such a uniform collapse. By the way, did you look at what Architects and Engineers ... the people who actually design and build them ... have to say about it? Did you see what people who blow up buildings for a living had to say about it?

WTC 7 might have withstood the physical damage it received, or the fire that burned for hours, but those combined factors—along with the building's unusual construction—were enough to set off the chain-reaction collapse.

Even if that were true, you wouldn't see the uniform collapse that occurred. Think about what you are saying. No serioulsy -- THINK about it.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

withglee's picture

keep peddling your fauxnious bullshit to include particle beam weapons,

I have never tried to guess how they did it. This is your own injection of fiction. But it is obvious to me, cavemen with box cutters pouring kerosene and lighting it off "did not do it" !!!!!

And for darn sure, the BBC announcing the fall 30 minutes before it happened did not cause WTC7 to fall in sympathy with the BBCs failure to follow the script .... dude!!!!

withglee's picture

If we were not truly an occupied country, someone from the government would be knocking on your door right now.

To illustrate how responsive they can be, they confiscated 7-11 security video tapes within 10 minutes of the Pentagon incident ... and never returned or showed them.

To illustrate how responsive they can be, when the government tried to buy off the people with a $200 check, I returned mine with the note: "You don't have $200. You should all be hanged". I was visited by two secret service agents claiming they must follow up on all such threats.


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Monetas (not verified) Oct 12, 2015 11:04 PM

So Iranian Quds use kids to walk the minefields .... according to Dakota's friend .... the kids are given keys to paradise .... to wear around their necks .... meanwhile, our Special Forces .... don't shoot or capture Afghan kids herding goats .... they let the kids go back to their village .... and alert the Taliban .... who come back and wipe out the Special Forces .... following Obama's rules of engagement ?

onmail1's picture

All ppl opposed to satanic west must group together

and defeat the evil that plagues the planet

ZD1's picture

All ppl opposed to satanic Middle East must group together

and defeat the evil that plagues the planet

tarabel's picture



All ppl opposed to satanic governments that rule every nation everywhere must group together and stay safe while the satanic governments go after each other and make WWII look like a clam bake. For a time, they shall indeed rule and there is nothing that can be done about it except to avoid being sucked into the maelstrom.

GeoffreyT's picture

Seriously, what a pile of horse-shit. As bad as Yossef Bodansky's masturbatory fantasy ("Bin Laden: The man Who Declared War On America") which was laughable schlock that made it abundantly clear that Bodansky was as far from genuine sources as The-Degenerate-Monstrosity-Formerly-Known-As-Bruce Jenner is from being an attractive woman.

Forget all this fucking nonsense about generals and spymasters being Jedi-Ninja-Mentat-Sardaukar; to get anywhere near a politically-appointed sinecure in the security-theatre alphabet-soup, you have to be a Beta (or worse).

Government posts are for second-raters, wherever they exist on planet Earth - and the higher up you are in a government agency, the less talented you are (but the more you're involved in the multilateral "everyone has dirt on everyone else" balance of bullshit).

luckylogger's picture

You Putin pussy brigrade folks eat this shit up...............

The US will let it go on until they do not want to anymore and then it is gone.............

Everybody wants the underdog to win.......

In the grand scheme of things they cannot....

The US lets them think so for a bit and then pulls the rug out from underneath them..........

You putin luvers can suk his cok and luv it.............

In the end the dude just dont have a chance........

Just a fact of life.......

Sure makes for good entyertainment...........

Fact of the matter is that no matter what bozo we got in charge...

The us is king and nobody this day in age can change it............................


Gold Eyed Cat's picture

Shhhh, no one tell Lucky that the US hasn't won a war since 1945.

Victor999's picture

And they didn't win that one - the USSR did.

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Baby Bladeface (not verified) luckylogger Oct 13, 2015 12:07 AM

You just wrote a rambling nonsense. Schizophasia of some sort.

gallistic's picture

I think the period key on his keyboard is stuck from jizzing on it so much.

HowdyDoody's picture

Several of the other morons do something similar - persistent use of elipsis of varying length. It looks like there is just one person behind them all.

TAALR Swift's picture

Soleimani.  The most interesting man in the world.

jack stephan's picture

then he must know about nitrogen dry ice shots to the face, im in the desert that much, verge of a cariconoma getting the ice needle spray.  I wear a hat it blows away, i spray on suncreen i sweat it off.  If he such a great desert country spymaster he must live at the iranian dermatologist.

To any crew attempting to invade the us by any means, we do this too.  I know its crooked, but its our crooked.  I fucked a lady with tits bigger than your face today, with rita hayworth cheekbones, tell me the same thing back, or you are shit. 

And i dont have a paymaster, or any blog with a woodward and bernstein.

Fuck him, i can take 4 or 5 on a shit day, good day who knows.

TeraByte's picture

This guy did not mastermind the current situation. Soviet/ Russia had a strong presence in the ME traditionally. Russia in the recent nuclear standoff was siding with Iran long time before.

datura's picture

This guy did not mastermind the current situation. Soviet/ Russia had a strong presence in the ME traditionally.

Exactly. Russia and Iran have been covertly cooperating for a very long time. Instead of giving Iran weapons directly, Russia has used "joint military programs", or in other way teaching Iran, how to develop some weapons (so as not to be blamed of giving it to Iran). As for the nuclear issue, Iran would have no nuclear issue at all without Russia:-) It was Russia giving them the nuclear technology in the first place. Iranians are very capable people, but they would not have been able to progress so much in so many matters without Russia. 

Quotes: Russian authorities traditionally consider Iran as an influential regional power whose support is important for securing Russian interests in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The political elite of Russia remember that, as opposed to Turkey, the IRI did not use the fall of the Soviet Union for the aggressive spread of its influence in the Caucasus and Central Asia by propagating the ideas of the Islamic Revolution and funding local nationalistic and separatist movements. Moreover, during the mid-1990s, Moscow and Tehran joined their efforts to end the civil war in Tajikistan. This Iranian behavior demonstrated that Tehran could be a helpful partner to Russia.


Russia has made it a key priority to carry out dialogue with key political actors in the Middle East, “consultations with Tehran have been continuous and, as noted by the diplomats of both countries, very effective. The upcoming visit of Mr. Zarif is a prime example of this fact and, moreover, is a demonstration before the international community that Russia and Iran speak the same language and pursue common goals in ensuring security, stability and peace in the region.”

datura's picture

Examples of close cooperation Russia-Iran:

1) Tehran is mulling the purchase of the Russian aircraft. Iran is also interested in using Russian rocket carriers to launch satellites into orbit. "It is important that this is done as part of joint projects. That is, so that we jointly develop and create satellites and cooperate in the sphere of space rocket construction.“

2) According to Fars news Agency,Tehran-Moscow economic cooperation has increased in all domains, particularly joint railway projects. The Iranian ambassador said,“The plan for connecting the two countries through railway is practically complete now and only a few kilometers of it have remained, whose construction will not take a long period.”

3) Russia and Iran have signed an initial cooperation agreement for engineering development programs, industrial parks and centers, as well as joint production of aircraft. The Iranian official, for his part, highlighted the importance of expanding relations between the two countries in all areas, noting that many opportunities exist for Tehran and Moscow joint participation . According to the announced schedule, the Iranian high scientific delegation is expected to hold Iran-Russia first meeting of the Joint Commission on Science and Technology.

4) Tehran and Moscow started talks on the supply of the Russian-made Sukhoi 30 fighter jets to Iran. The talks were held on Tuesday on the sidelines of the MAKS 2015 air show in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow during which Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari were present."Today, we visited different parts of the exhibition and the fighter jets' air show for three and a half hours accompanied by Mr. Putin which was a rare opportunity," Sattari told FNA yesterday. "Putin showed that he is well aware of the military issues, knows the companies and products and spends time to get more familiar with them," he added.


In other words, during all those years, while the USA has been trying to destroy Iran, Russia has been helping Iran to progress in all fields - using it as a counterweight against the USA and in the Middle East.  



HowdyDoody's picture

"we began to suggest that it was Soleimani who orchestrated the Russian-Iranian incursion in Syria."

So ZH is now officially an MSM disinformation outfit? There has been no incursion by Russia or Syria. They are there at the request of the legitimate government of Syria. Those running incursions into Syria include US, Israel, U, Israel, France, Israel - in short Israel and its bought-and-paid-for stooges.

Edit: Darn - lost track of th quote marks. This quote turns out to be from the New Yorker. Mea culpa - though I claim crap ZH text layout as mitigation. Perhaps multi-paragraph quotes should be indented one tab or some such to make it clear where such things begin and end?

anachronism's picture

What a remarkable man! Forged in the cauldron of war.

The scene depicted in the article: a young brigadier sitting in the corner of his tent, coming to terms with the losses of life from the battle fought that day.

Reminded me of the account I was taught in grade school about General Ulysses Simpson Grant at the battle of Shiloh 1862. Grant was sickened by the realization that so many young men had died that day upon his orders. He wept and vomited during his distress. But he resolved to fight with even more determination the next day -to the amazement of the Confederate officers who faced him. Grant would make sure that the dead of Shiloh would not be in vain. They would be avenged by the deaths of so many more until the fighting was finished.

Soleimani won't stop until the fighting is finished.