The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the US, and Iran's Global Ambitions

The Shadow Commander: Soleimani, the US, and Iran's Global Ambitions

by Arash Azizi

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Overview

Until his assassination by US drone strike in January 2020, commander Qassem Soleimani was one of the most powerful men in Iran and the military spearhead for Iranian foreign policy, enacting the wishes of the country’s Supreme Leader in the region. A widely popular but also feared maverick operator, he helped to establish the Islamic Republic as a major force in the Middle East, with interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This was a long way from where he began as a youth, living on the margins in a country ruled by a monarch supported by the United States.

In this highly readable account, historian Arash Azizi examines Soleimani’s life, regional influence and future ambitions. The Shadow Commander breaks new ground through interviews with Iranians, Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians who knew Soleimani for years, including his personal driver, the aides who accompanied him to his Moscow meeting with Vladimir Putin, and his brother. Ultimately, Azizi uses the story of this one important figure to make sense of the global ambitions of Iran, a country whose actions are much talked about but seldom understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786079442
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,085,448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x (d)

About the Author

Arash Azizi is a historian at New York University where he researches the transnational links that tied Iran and the Arab World during the Cold War. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian and Vanity Fair, and several of his book-length translations have appeared in Iran and elsewhere. He lives in New York City. @arash_tehran

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