On January 3rd, 2020, the United States assassinated Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the de facto commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Overnight, Soleimani became a household name in the US. But in Iran, he had long been a towering figure, and died one of the country's most powerful men.
This week, Rough Translation features the latest episode of NPR's Throughline, "Soleimani's Iran," a look at the life and complicated legacy of the man who was both celebrated as a national hero and condemned abroad as a war criminal. Throughline co-host Ramtin Arablouei joins Gregory Warner to discuss Soleimani, Iran and the brief moment it seemed the US and Iran could have become allies.
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