According to information obtained by Reuters from informed sources, the commander of elite division «al-Quds» Islamic revolutionary guard Corps General Qassem Soleimani played a key role in pushing the Russian government to intervene in the Syrian civil war.
The General, who, according to mass media publications, manages the operations against the «Islamic state» in recent months twice visited Moscow. During these visits, the Foundation was laid for the Union, designed to preserve President Bashar al-Assad.
During the July meeting the meeting with the Russian leadership the General unfolded a map on the table in Syria and said that the Russian intervention is able to turn recent failures of the Syrian regime in the victory. He stressed that the insurgents threaten the basis of the Russian Navy in Torture.
Sources claim that the operation was planned a few months. In its basis the joint action of the Russian air force and elite units of the Iranian army and the IRGC. Be responsible for developing plans Soleimani instructed the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
It is also reported that the decision to intervene was taken a few months ago, during a meeting of Khamenei with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. The Ayatollah was sent to Moscow his adviser, whom the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and announced that he was ready to meet with Soleimani.