Quds Force

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The Quds Force is a military unit in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The purpose of this is to provide the country's law enforcement. It was founded by Qasem Soleimani, in 1988. Prior to becoming an independent military unit, the Quds Force was a special intelligence unit for the military organization Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.[1] The main goal of the Quds Force was to fight against the Iran-Iraq War.[1] It has also been stopping ISIS from invading Iran.

Since 2007, United States of America marked the Quds Force as a terrorist group.[2] Similiarly, Canada marked the Quds Force as a terrorist group too in 2012.[3] Egypt has also included Quds Force as a terrorist group.[4] Israel marked the Quds Force as a terrorist organization in March 2015.[5]

Soleimani was in charge of the group until he was killed by a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on 3 January 2020.[6][7][8] Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani was appointed as commander of the Quds Force on the same day.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Uskowi, Nader (2018), Temperature Rising: Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Wars in the Middle East, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 42, ISBN 9781538121740
  2. "Fact Sheet: Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism". U.S. Department of the Treasury. 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Currently listed entities". Publicsafety.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Syrian terrorist list produces 163 names and no agreement". Reuters. 17 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. "Israel designates the Quds Force as a terrorist group". Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  6. "Iran's Soleimani and Iraq's Muhandis killed in U.S. air strike: militia spokesman". Reuters. 3 January 2020. Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  7. "Iraqi state TV, officials: Gen. Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force, has been killed in an airstrike". The San Diego Union Tribune. 3 January 2020. Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. Crowley, Michael; Hassan, Falih; Schmitt, Eric (2 January 2020). "U.S. Strike in Iraq Kills Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Iranian Forces". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  9. "Iran names deputy commander of Quds force to replace Soleimani after killing". CNBC. 3 January 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2020.