Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US-led air strike in the early hours of this morning, was considered the second most powerful man in Iran, shortly after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and described as the creator of ambitions. major Iranians in the Middle East.

As commander of a powerful elite unit, Soleimani also played the role of Iran's foreign minister when it came to war or peace.

He is no doubt the architect of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's war, the current conflict in Iraq, and many other battles in the Middle East. He was known for his extraordinary power, as a commander some respected and others hated, but of course there were myths to his name.

His death is considered the lowest point of relations between Iran and the US. And this could lead to an escalation of the situation in the Middle East, which is now not at all calm.

At the head of the Quds unit, Iran's Revolutionary Guard's elite forces, came in 1998. Early in his career, he was not exposed to much publicity, and authority at Iran's military establishment increased over the past year, when Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded him the Medal of Honor, considered the highest award given to anyone in this country.

It was the first time that any commander had ever been given such a medal since the formation of the Islamic Republic in 1979. The unit he led carried out covert operations abroad.

This is precisely why US President Donald Trump's administration believes the Quds unit is "Iran's main mechanism for supporting terrorist groups in the Middle East", including Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in Palestine, where it does not hesitate to fund, train and arm these organizations.