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  • Qanat-e Malek, Kerman Province, Iran
    Monday Mar 11, 1957

    Birth

    Qanat-e Malek, Kerman Province, Iran
    Monday Mar 11, 1957

    Soleimani was born on 11 March 1957, in the village of Qanat-e Malek, Kerman Province.




  • Kerman, Iran
    1975

    Contractor for the Kerman Water Organization

    Kerman, Iran
    1975

    In 1975, he began working as a contractor for the Kerman Water Organization.




  • Iran
    1979

    Revolutionary Guard

    Iran
    1979

    Soleimani joined the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) in 1979 following the Iranian Revolution, which saw the Shah fall and Ayatollah Khomeini take power. Reportedly, his training was minimal, but he advanced rapidly. Early in his career as a guardsman, he was stationed in northwestern Iran, and participated in the suppression of a Kurdish separatist uprising in West Azerbaijan Province.




  • Iran
    Monday Sep 22, 1980

    Iran–Iraq War

    Iran
    Monday Sep 22, 1980

    On 22 September 1980, when Saddam Hussein launched an invasion of Iran, setting off the Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988), Soleimani joined the battlefield serving as the leader of a military company, consisting of men from Kerman whom he assembled and trained.




  • Iran
    Dec, 1981

    Seriously Injured

    Iran
    Dec, 1981

    He was seriously injured in Operation Tariq-ol-Qods.




  • Iran
    Wednesday Jul 17, 1985

    Soleimani opposed the IRGC leadership's plan

    Iran
    Wednesday Jul 17, 1985

    On 17 July 1985, Soleimani opposed the IRGC leadership's plan to deploy forces to two islands in western Arvand Rud, on the Shatt al-Arab River.




  • Kerman, Iran
    1990s

    IRGC commander

    Kerman, Iran
    1990s

    After the war, during the 1990s, he was an IRGC commander in Kerman Province.


  • Iran
    1990

    1999 Student Revolt

    Iran
    1990

    During the 1999 student revolt in Tehran, Soleimani was one of the IRGC officers who signed a letter to President Mohammad Khatami. The letter stated that if Khatami did not crush the student rebellion, the military would and it might also launch a coup against Khatami.


  • Iran
    1997

    Appointment as commander of the IRGC's Quds Force

    Iran
    1997

    The exact date of his appointment as commander of the IRGC's Quds Force is not clear, but Ali Alfoneh cites it as between 10 September 1997 and 21 March 1998.


  • Iran
    1999

    Along with other senior IRGC commanders

    Iran
    1999

    In 1999, Soleimani, along with other senior IRGC commanders, signed a letter to then-President Mohammad Khatami regarding the student protests in July. They wrote "Dear Mr. Khatami, how long do we have to shed tears, sorrow over the events, practice democracy by chaos and insults, and have revolutionary patience at the expense of sabotaging the system? Dear president, if you don't make a revolutionary decision and act according to your Islamic and national missions, tomorrow will be so late and irrecoverable that cannot be even imagined".


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 11, 2001

    September 11 attacks

    U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 11, 2001

    Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, senior U.S. State Department official Ryan Crocker flew to Geneva to meet with Iranian diplomats who were under the direction of Soleimani with the purpose of collaborating to destroy the Taliban.


  • Iran
    2007

    Possible Successors

    Iran
    2007

    He was considered one of the possible successors to the post of commander of the IRGC when General Yahya Rahim Safavi left this post in 2007.


  • U.S.
    2007

    Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism

    U.S.
    2007

    In 2007, the U.S. included him in a "Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism", which forbade U.S. citizens from doing business with him.


  • New York, U.S.
    Mar, 2007

    United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747

    New York, U.S.
    Mar, 2007

    In March 2007, Soleimani was included on a list of Iranian individuals targeted with sanctions in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747.


  • Syria
    2008

    Soleimani looking into the death of Imad Mughniyah

    Syria
    2008

    In 2008, he led a group of Iranian investigators looking into the death of Imad Mughniyah.


  • Iraq
    Mar, 2008

    Soleimani helped arrange a ceasefire

    Iraq
    Mar, 2008

    Soleimani helped arrange a ceasefire between the Iraqi Army and Mahdi Army in March 2008.


  • Iraq
    2009

    Meeting in Iraq

    Iraq
    2009

    In 2009, The Economist stated based on a leaked report that Christopher R. Hill and General Raymond T. Odierno (America's two most senior officials in Baghdad at the time) met with Soleimani in the office of Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani, but withdrew the story after Hill and Odierno denied the occurrence of the meeting.


  • Iran
    Monday Jan 24, 2011

    Major General

    Iran
    Monday Jan 24, 2011

    On 24 January 2011, Soleimani was promoted to Major General by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.


  • Syria
    Wednesday May 18, 2011

    Soleimani was sanctioned again

    Syria
    Wednesday May 18, 2011

    On 18 May 2011, he was sanctioned again by the U.S. along with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and other senior Syrian officials due to his alleged involvement in providing material support to the Syrian government.


  • Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jun 24, 2011

    Official Journal of the European Union

    Brussels, Belgium
    Friday Jun 24, 2011

    On 24 June 2011, the Official Journal of the European Union said the three Iranian Revolutionary Guard members now subject to sanctions had been "providing equipment and support to help the Syrian government suppress protests in Syria".


  • Syria
    Aug, 2012

    Syrian Civil War

    Syria
    Aug, 2012

    According to several sources, including Riad Hijab, a former Syrian premier who defected in August 2012, Soleimani was one of the staunchest supporters of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian Civil War.


  • Iran
    2013

    2013 Presidential election

    Iran
    2013

    Iranian media reported in 2012 that he might be replaced as the commander of Quds Force in order to allow him to run in the 2013 presidential election.


  • Qusayr, Syria
    May, 2013

    Retaking of Qusayr

    Qusayr, Syria
    May, 2013

    The retaking of Qusayr in May 2013 from rebel forces and Al-Nusra Front was, according to John Maguire, a former CIA officer in Iraq, "orchestrated" by Soleimani.


  • Amirli, Iraq
    2014

    Push back ISIL militants

    Amirli, Iraq
    2014

    In 2014, Soleimani was in the Iraqi city of Amirli, to work with Iraqi forces to push back ISIL militants.


  • Diyala Governorate, Iraq
    Nov, 2014

    Soleimani's command pushed ISIL out of the Iraqi villages of Jalawla and Saadia

    Diyala Governorate, Iraq
    Nov, 2014

    In November 2014, Shi'ite and Kurdish forces under Soleimani's command pushed ISIL out of the Iraqi villages of Jalawla and Saadia in the Diyala Governorate.


  • Syria
    2015

    The Main Architect

    Syria
    2015

    In 2015, Soleimani began gathering support from various sources to combat the newly resurgent ISIL and rebel groups which had both successfully taken large swaths of territory from Assad's forces. He was reportedly the main architect of the joint intervention involving Russia as a new partner with Assad and Hezbollah.


  • Beirut, Lebanon
    Thursday Jan 29, 2015

    Soleimani laid wreaths at the graves of the slain Hezbollah members

    Beirut, Lebanon
    Thursday Jan 29, 2015

    In a visit to the Lebanese capital Beirut on 29 January 2015, Soleimani laid wreaths at the graves of the slain Hezbollah members, including Jihad Mughniyah, which strengthened suspicions about a collaboration between Hezbollah and the Quds Force.


  • Syria
    Feb, 2016

    Offensive in Aleppo Governorate's northern countryside

    Syria
    Feb, 2016

    In early February 2016, backed by Russian and Syrian air force airstrikes, the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kata'eb Hezbollah, and Harakat Al-Nujaba – launched an offensive in Aleppo Governorate's northern countryside, which eventually broke the three-year siege of Nubl and Al-Zahraa and cut off the rebels' main supply route from Turkey. According to a senior, non-Syrian security source close to Damascus, Iranian fighters played a crucial role in the conflict. "Qassem Soleimani is there in the same area", he said. In December 2016, new photos emerged of Soleimani at the Citadel of Aleppo, though the exact date of the photos is unknown.


  • Hama, Syria
    Mar, 2017

    Soleimani was seen in the northern Hama Governorate countryside in Syria

    Hama, Syria
    Mar, 2017

    In late March 2017, Soleimani was seen in the northern Hama Governorate countryside in Syria, reportedly aiding Major General Suheil al-Hassan to repel a major rebel offensive.


  • U.S.
    2019

    A Permission

    U.S.
    2019

    Trump had expressed a desire to target Soleimani in a 2017 meeting with then National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. On January 13, 2020, five senior current and former Trump Administration officials told NBC News that Trump had authorized the killing of Soleimani in June 2019 on the condition that he had been involved in the killing of any American, a decision backed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


  • Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Golan Heights
    Oct, 2019

    2006 Israel–Hezbollah War

    Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Golan Heights
    Oct, 2019

    In an interview aired in October 2019, he said he was in Lebanon during the 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War to oversee the conflict.


  • Baghdad International Airport, Iraq
    Friday Jan 03, 2020
    01:06:00 AM

    Death

    Baghdad International Airport, Iraq
    Friday Jan 03, 2020

    Soleimani was killed on 3 January 2020 around 1:00 a.m. local time (22:00 UTC 2 January), by U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport.


  • Baghdad, Iraq
    Saturday Jan 04, 2020

    Funeral

    Baghdad, Iraq
    Saturday Jan 04, 2020

    On 4 January, a funeral procession for Soleimani was held in Baghdad with thousands of mourners in attendance, waving Iraqi and militia flags and chanting "death to America, death to Israel". The procession started at the Al-Kadhimiya Mosque in Baghdad. Iraq's prime minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, and leaders of Iran-backed militias attended the funeral procession. Soleimani's remains were taken to the holy Shia cities of Karbala and Najaf.


  • Tehran, Iran
    Monday Jan 06, 2020

    The Body arrived Tehran

    Tehran, Iran
    Monday Jan 06, 2020

    On 6 January, the body of Soleimani and other casualties arrived at the Iranian capital Tehran. Huge crowds, reportedly hundreds of thousands or millions, packed the streets. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, led the traditional Islamic prayer for the dead, weeping at one point in front of the flag-draped coffins.


  • Kerman, Iran
    Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

    Burial procession for Soleimani in Kerman

    Kerman, Iran
    Tuesday Jan 07, 2020

    On 7 January 2020, a stampede took place at the burial procession for Soleimani in Kerman attended by hundreds of thousands of mourners, killing 56 and injuring 212 more.


  • Iraq
    Wednesday Jan 08, 2020

    A Respond

    Iraq
    Wednesday Jan 08, 2020

    On 8 January 2020, the Iranian military responded to Soleimani's death by launching ballistic missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq, resulting in no reported casualties.


  • Syria
    Monday Jan 13, 2020

    The Champion of the Syrian Arab Republic

    Syria
    Monday Jan 13, 2020

    On 13 January 2020, Syrian Minister of Defense, Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, presented the medal of "The Champion of the Syrian Arab Republic", which President Bashar Al-Assad granted posthumously to Qassem Soleimani, to his Iranian counterpart, Amir Hatami.


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