Afghan officials say they are investigating a visit in 2018 of the new commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Esmail Qaani, to the province of Bamiyan where he claimed to be the Iranian Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul. Qaani, a 61-year-old brigadier general, became the chief of the Quds Force, the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), following the U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani Friday in an airstrike.
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Afghan officials say they are closely investigating pictures that show the new commander of Iran's Quds Force, Esmail Qaani, on an official visit in Bamiyan Province in 2018. pic.twitter.com/lKVFpwgGaA— VOA Extremism Desk (@VOA_Extremism) January 9, 2020
New Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani was previously seen only rarely in the media. Here he sits alongside Khamenei and Rouhani in a mourning ceremony in Tehran today.— Will Fulton (@WillFultonVI) January 9, 2020
Qaani's myth-making is ongoing, as the Guards seek to portray him as a new vanguard of national resistance: 1/9 pic.twitter.com/un2olg9Lu3
New Quds force chief has an uneasy past with Pakistan's security apparatus. Wd Iran respect Pakistan's position on Afghan conflict & not act as a spoiler to deter an increasingly likely deal. Is the goodwill generated by PM Khan's trip to Tehran still thr?https://t.co/IqChXiZowR— Umarkarim (@Umarkarim89) January 9, 2020