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Esmail Ghani / Ismail Qaani / Ismail Kaani

Iran's Esmail Ghani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF)Ismail Qaani / Ismail Khan (born 08 August 1957 / 17 Mordad 1336 in Mashhad), is Iranian military commander of the Qods Force Iranian Revolutionary Guards Islamic Revolution. After the martyrdom of Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s supreme leader appointed the deputy commander of the Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that program of the Quds Force affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “will be unchanged from the time of his predecessor.”

"Following the ascension of the Supreme Martyr, Honorable Sardar Haj Qassim Suleimani Razwanullah, commanding the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to Commander-in-Chief Brig. The area has served. The program of that force is exactly the same as that of the martyr Suleimani. I would like to thank all of those colleagues for their presence and cooperation with Commander Qaani, and I wish them success, approval, and divine guidanc."

Ghaani served as the Deputy Commander of the IRGC-QF. His authority covered IRGC-QF financial disbursements to IRGC-QF elements, including elements in Africa, as well as to various terrorist groups, including Hezbollah. As Deputy Commander, Ghaani had financial oversight of IRGC-QF weapons shipments. The U.S. Department of the Treasury on 27 March 2012 announced the designation of the Iranian cargo airline, Yas Air; Behineh Trading; three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) officials; and one Nigerian shipping agent – all pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, the IRGC-QF, a designated terrorist entity. Esmail Ghani serves as the Deputy Commander of the IRGC-QF. Ghani's authority covers IRGC-QF financial disbursements to IRGC-QF elements, including elements in Africa, as well as to various terrorist groups, including Hizballah. As Deputy Commander, Ghani had financial oversight of the IRGC-QF weapons shipment that was intended for The Gambia.

In his early 20's, he joined IRGC and served in different divisions and left behind invaluable memorials with his comrades and finally became commander of Nasr-5 division to prove his capability and qualifications as a vigilant commander. During eight-years of sacred defense war with Iraq he was the commander of IRGC 5th Nasr Division and the 21st Imam Reza Division. The 21st Imam Reza (AS) was one of the strong troops of Khorasan that shone well in various stages of holy defense.

He was said to have always remained committed to the principles of the Islamic Revolution and spared no efforts to materialize the aspiration of the revolution. The devoted commander also played significant role in many military operations and brought triumphs to Iranian side.

Esmail Ghaani became deputy commander of the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, in 1997 when Soleimani became the Force’s chief commander. He was quoted in 2017 by Iranian media as sayingthat U.S. President Donald Trump’s “threats against Iran will damage America … We have buried many … like Trump and know how to fight against America.”

He was added on March 27, 2012 to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters; according to OFAC, acts on behalf of or provides support to the IRGC-QF, a designated terrorist entity.

Among his statements: "The Americans, by their presence in the region and launching two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have reaped nothing but humiliation, humiliation and lack of credibility. Our steadfast resistance is what has made us over the past 40 years vigorously confront the sinister acts of America and Israel and their allies, and that We proudly exit from all conspiracies in the military and security fields and economic pressures. He added, that during the past 15 years, the more the enemy increases his attacks, the greater the resistance of the people accordingly.

He also commented earlier on Syria , and denounced "selective American practices in Syria ," stating that "if the Americans feel that they are unable to advance their goals through war, they resort to raising the banner of negotiation.

In one of his interviews he said the US and Zionist regime are much weaker to compete with Iran's military might which backs oppressed Palestinians and people in Gaza. Ismail Qazani, accused the United States of spending $ 7 trillion on establishing and supporting ISIS and providing 5,000 dead, without being able to do anything. He said Qaana in a speech at a ceremony to commemorate the "defenders of the martyrs of the holy shrines," that "martyrs are the pioneers of the defense of the revolution, and We have given martyrs in every moment for the arrival of the revolution to the year of forty, and in the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the revolution, must initially honoring the martyrs And their families, "according to the Iranian" Fars "agency. He added, "The regional victories that owe the heroism of the martyrs for forty years of the revolution, and without the martyrs, no one could have confronted America in a direct war in the region," he said.

Commander Ismail Qaani said in a memorial to the martyrs of the Semnan University's shrine: "The victory of the Resistance Front is one of the great honors of Iran. He stated that moving along the path of martyrs and keeping their aspirations alive is one of the most important tasks of our day: With the victory of the Front of Resistance, the pure Islamist Mohammadi was introduced worldwide and its legitimacy became public.

The deputy commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards emphasized that the United States was the most important supporter of the ISIS Takfiri group: Americans are working to promote Islam and American culture in the Muslim communities and countries of the region, which defeated the victory of American Islam in the world. He added that the war in Syria was a trans-regional war, adding that despite the presence of the martyrs of the shrine and the resistance fighters, the advance of this Takfiri and anti-Islamic terrorist group in the region was prevented. The war with ISIS was a valuable and beautiful jihad.

Commander Qaani emphasized that the suicide bombers carried out by the ISIS Takfiri group in the area around the clock said: These were actions to crush the resistance of the warrior.

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