Aside from removing UN conventional arms embargo on Iran after five years, the nuclear deal signed Tuesday by the P5+1 powers and Iran grants several other questionable concessions to the leading state sponsor of terror, unrelated to its controversial nuclear program.
The most glaring of these concessions is seen by some as the inclusion of the name Qassem Soleimani on a list of companies and individuals who will have sanctions against them removed as expressly detailed in the deal, reports Yedioth Aharonoth.
Soleimani is the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander who leads the elite Qods Force, which conducts foreign operations outside Iran's borders and directs the Islamic regime's terrorist activities throughout the world.
While no clear reason was given as to why Soleimani – who is on the official American terrorist list, and whose Qods Forces have murdered American soldiers in Iraq – had individual sanctions against him removed, the move apparently comes due to the shared fight against Islamic State (ISIS) that Soleimani has been leading in Iraq in parallel to American efforts.
Indicating the willingness to bend on principles in order to secure an Iranian alliance against Iran, US President Barack Obama was revealed to have sent secret letters last October to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking for cooperation against ISIS, in addition to asking for help in sealing the nuclear deal.
Thanks to the removal of sanctions, the arch-terrorist Soleimani will now be able to travel freely throughout the world, advancing Iran's terror interests.
After years of operating from the shadows, Soleimani in the last year has been visibly active in Iraq and Syria leading Iranian troops, Hezbollah forces and Shi'ite militias in the fight against ISIS; likewise he has guided the Houthi Shi'ite forces trying to conquer Yemen, and has trained Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon and provided training for Hamas as well.
Killed US soldiers in Iraq
Soleimani was defined by the US as "leading the Iranian support for Syria in the violent suppression of human rights in Syria under (Bashar) Assad." In 2011, America leveled sanctions against him for his senior role in the Revolutionary Guards.
Soleimani has also taken a direct role in fighting the US and killing American soldiers, having trained Shi'ite militias to fight against American forces in Iraq. In just one example from 2007, a unit of his Qods Force together with Hezbollah terrorists abducted and murdered four American soldiers in Iraq.
Former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus warned in March that Iran is a greater danger than ISIS in Iraq, recounting how in 2008 a decisive battle took place between Iraqi Security Forces and the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias.
"In the midst of the fight, I received word from a very senior Iraqi official that Qassem Soleimani had given him a message for me. When I met with the senior Iraqi, he conveyed the message: 'General Petraeus, you should be aware that I, Qassem Soleimani, control Iran’s policy for Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan,'" he recalled.
"The point was clear: He owned the policy and the region, and I should deal with him. When my Iraqi interlocutor asked what I wanted to convey in return, I told him to tell Soleimani that he could 'pound sand,'" concluded the general.