According to Press TV, General Soleimani is the first Iranian military official to receive the order after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
After the ‘Order of Zulfaqar’, the ‘Order of Conquest’ is the highest military order, which General Soleimani has already received three times.
The top general leads the elite Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and is widely known as one of the most influential military commanders in the world.
The Washington-based magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ recently put the name of General Soleimani on top of its 2019 list of Global Thinkers in the defense and security field, followed by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
A short write-up on the senior Iranian commander described him as the “public face of Iran’s response to US President Donald Trump’s threats.”
General Soleimani made headlines last July, when he delivered a blistering response to an all-caps tweet addressed to President Hassan Rouhani, in which Trump had issued a military threat against the Islamic Republic.