Meet the General Who Ran Soleimanis Spies, Guns and Assassins

They're the Quds Force officers who tracked and killed Iraqis working with the U.S.-led coalition, hunted those deemed hostile to Iranian influence through a council of assassins, and smuggled the spies, money, weapons, and secrets into Iraq that sowed chaos across the country during the American occupation. Qassem Soleimani first gained the attention of Western media through his role in instigating a campaign of covert violence against the U.S. in Iraq which cost the lives of over 600 American troops. But underneath the now famous Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps icon, other officers managed the war that first made Soleimani notorious. For a period during the mid-2000s, one of those officers was Brigadier General Ahmed Foruzandeh, who rose to command the …

Trumps Next Big Test for Congress: Will They Let Him Stiff Them on Iran?

As the possibility of armed conflict with Iran grows more real, lawmakers in Congress are struggling to settle on whatif anythingthey are obligated to do as the only branch with the constitutional authority to declare war. Many lawmakers, including a odd-couple coalition of libertarian-minded Republicans and mainstream and progressive Democrats, are increasingly worried that the Trump administration might use, as a legal basis for war, the 18-year old authorization of military force, or AUMF, that Congress approved immediately after the September 11th attacks. And as the possibility of conflict inches closer, they are making a play to force the administration to come to Congress and actually convince them military action is necessary. In the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and …