Qatar has been involved in a spat with neighboring Saudi Arabia since 2017 and it has drifted to be closer to Iran and also the pro-Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Ankara.
The non-state actors, who don’t receive any external support financially nor politically, are given ample assistance in both categories.
In an interview with a close friend of Soleimani who accompanied him on various visits to Iraq and Syria, Hasan Flark revealed that Bashar Assad was on the verge of giving up his reign in Syria.
Iran’s former defense minister on how Soleimani confronted “Zionists,” ISIS and helped persuade Russia on the importance of Syria. “He was more than a commander: he was a diplomat and administrator."
‘All the people of the region will carry a rifle, because this American tyrant has left no room for anyone’
This messianic creed is the raison d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders.
The threats reveal Tehran’s fears that the US will not stop targeting their key officials and that the US has put Iran on the back foot in its plans for the region.
"If (Esmail) Ghaani follows the same path of killing Americans then he will meet the same fate," Brian Hook told the Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat.
The new head of the IRGC Quds Force, Maj. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, eulogized Soleimani over the weekend. “Our enemies do not understand a language other than force so we must stand firm against them.”
Underscoring the absence of any clear position, Erdogan’s spokesperson called on all sides to act with “common sense,” and the Turkish Foreign Ministry invited “restraint and discretion.”