Who is Esmail Qaani, the new Iranian elite force commander?

As featured in The National

Iran Crisis


While Mr Suleimani was focused on the Arab Middle East, Mr Qaani has been involved in activities related to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where Tehran has a different set of priorities in dealing with the US. His oversight of Iran's eastern front had seen him deal with Pakistan on three sensitive issues, said Umer Karim of the Royal United Services Institute.