Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most powerful men, was the head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The force is an elite unit, specialising in unconventional warfare and military intelligence operations and handles Iran's covert operations in foreign countries. As the head of the force, he was reported to have carried out numerous operations in countries like Iraq and Syria to crush rebel groups. He also supported groups like Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine's Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Houthis of Yemen and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. He was killed in a drone strike by the Americans in Iraq at the Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020. The strike was ordered by the US President Donald Trump. The US Defence Department maintained that he had to be taken out as he was plotting to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and the Middle East. The US also holds him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans over the years and considers the Quds Force as terror unit. Known as the ‘shadow commander’, Qasem Soleimani was hailed as a hero in his country and was revered both by the Iranian soldiers and the general masses. However, some say that he was also one of the most feared persons in Iran.