Where is Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani?


IRGC Quds Force Commander MG Qassem Suleimani addresses a martyrs ceremony, Pishva, Iran, September 2, 2013.

Article Highlights

  • The dearth of coverage of one the Islamic Republic's most powerful and revered security officials is highly unusual.

    Tweet This

  • Where is Suleimani?

    Tweet This

  • There are a few possibilities as to why Iran's media has not published photos of Suleimani's presence.

    Tweet This

The Iranian media's coverage of Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani's purported speech on "regional events" in front of the Assembly of Experts has been remarkably limited. Qassem Suleimani oversees Iran's regional security policy and commands the military force that is supporting Bashar al-Assad in the Syria war. This dearth of coverage of one the Islamic Republic's most powerful and revered security officials discussing critical and timely events is highly unusual.

Suleimani was scheduled to address the 14th Assembly of Experts (AE) meeting in Tehran on September 3. By the end of the day, Iran's various official and semi-official media outlets only published one report covering Suleimani's speech, published verbatim by all outelts. In this report, AE member Hassan Mamdouhi states that Suleimani did in fact address this meeting, and gave "good details about Lebanon and Syria." Mamdouhi also paraphrases Suleimani as having said, "Regarding conditions in Syria, the people of this country are victorious against America, and Syria is successful." The next day, Iranian media published another single report (verbaitm by all outlets reporting) quoting an unnamed AE member paraphrasing Suleimani's speech at greater length. Iran's media, however, has published no photos of Suleimani's appearance. In contrast, when Suleimani addressed a similar AE meeting two years ago, Iranian media published photos of his speech (the photograph has since been pulled offline, but the original report remains in place). There are numerous photos of this year's meeting available online showing other senior regime officials, including former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, current President Hassan Rouhani, and Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, indicating that journalists were present for at least a portion of the event. Where is Suleimani?

To read the full text, please visit www.CriticalThreats.org.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author



What's new on AEI

AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters
image A nation divided by marriage
image Teaching reform
image Socialist party pushing $20 minimum wage defends $13-an-hour job listing
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
Monday, October 27, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
State income taxes and the Supreme Court: Maryland Comptroller v. Wynne

Please join AEI for a panel discussion exploring these and other questions about this crucial case.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A nuclear deal with Iran? Weighing the possibilities

Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
The forgotten depression — 1921: The crash that cured itself

Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.