General Qassim Suleimani is an extremely active and formidable adversary in the Middle East that has kept himself from being a common name heard in the West. He participated in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s and continued to rise through the military ranks before being put in charge of the Quds Force in 1998. Suleimani is also a close advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. With his help, Iran has strengthened their military and used the Hezbollah to pursue U.S. targets and Israel. Suleimani also developed ties with Iraq’s Shia forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.