Qassem Soleimani, a top military commander in Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is a wanted man.
For years, he’s been linked to support for terrorism, covert operations, arms smuggling, and other efforts aimed at expanding Iran’s influence abroad and undermining that of its enemies.
Since 2007, he’s been formally labeled a supporter of terrorism by the United States. In 2012, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Soleimani for his alleged role in an assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
In fact, what he really is, according to an unusual interview with his younger brother, is misunderstood.
“He’s a serious person, but very kind and emotional,” said Sohrab Soleimani in an interview published on August 23 with the Fars news agency, a Persian-language news outlet affiliated with the powerful IRGC.
“Those who don’t know him well can’t believe what kind of personality he has,” he was quoted as saying.