A previous advisor to Iran’s Qasem Soleimani has said that a Russian officer in Syria the moment gave the Qods main 100 Krasnopol guided artillery shells as a gift.
In an post posted by Fars information agency, an affiliate of Iran’s Groundbreaking Guards on Friday [Dec. 31], Hassan Ravandeh, associated stories about the daily life and “charismatic” character of the slain commander as a tribute on the second anniversary of his killing.
Ravandeh, who was identified by Fars as just one of the advisors to IRGC’s Qods (Quds) Drive, is reported to have accompanied Soleimani throughout his missions and trips throughout the location. He has lately revealed a ebook about his memoirs of the IRGC’s prime person overseas.
Hassan Ravandeh who spoke with Fars information company.
He said that Soleimani was pretty well known among the other army males active in the area, incorporating that he utilised to provide souvenirs for the households of all people he was included with. He singled out an unnamed Russian commander who was stationed in the Syrian port town of Latakia that was particularly fond of the Iranian commander.
According to the posting, Soleimani bought a necklace for his spouse and gold jewelry for his daughters right before spending them a visit in Latakia. Shocked by the items the Russian questioned how he could reciprocate the gesture, and Soleimani, reportedly, demanded that they provide him about 1,000 Krasnopol laser-guided artillery shells.
Ravandeh claims that the Russian commander, who he promises is now the head of the aerospace drive of the Russian army, gave Soleimani 100 projectiles mainly because they only had 140 accessible in their arsenal. He included that Russia hardly ever requested for any money in return for these a present, which according to him was value about $7 million.
The Krasnopol artillery program that guides a shell by laser controlled by an observer, with pinpoint accuracy.
Soleimani was killed in a United States drone attack, requested by former president Donald Trump in January 2020, as he arrived at Baghdad airport from Syria. He was Iran’s leading navy and intelligence operator in the Center East, organizing proxy forces.
Soleimani performed a big role in the Syrian civil war as the coordinator of Iran’s armed forces involvement, like sending tens of hundreds of normal and irregular forces to combat in aid of the Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.
In June 2014, Iran’s Tasnim information agency in a report quoted Standard Mohammad Pakpour IRGC’s ground forces as expressing that the Groundbreaking Guard’s artillery pressure has upgraded its functionality with deploying Krasnopol guided shells.
It is not crystal clear if Pakpour’s announcement was associated to Soleimani’s trade of gifts with the Russian commander in Syria. Russia was still not officially involved in the Syrian war in 2014, but it most likely had a army mission to assist Assad’s forces. Russia entered the war in whole drive in September 2015.
It is also feasible that Russia had already supplied the artillery shells just before Soleimani questioned for extra in Syria. But no matter if in 2014 or later, any Russian transfer of Krasnopol shells would have violated a United Nations arms embargo on Iranexecuted in 2007, which expired in Oct 2020, properly following Pakpour’s assertion or Soleimani’s loss of life.