Kasem Suleimani was one of the most influential players in the developments in the Middle East, writes Ioannis N.Grigoriadis , ELIAMEP researcher and Associate   Professor of Political Science at  Bilkent University . It would not be an exaggeration to characterize Mr. Suleimani as the “evil demon” of Turkish politics in Syria but also of the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq writes Dr.Grigoriadis .

His visit to Russia in 2015 and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin were instrumental in changing the Russian attitude of Russian troops in Syria, which had a major impact on the Syrian civil war, explains Dr. Grigoriadis, pointing out that “ reactions in Turkey were mixed.”On one hand, no-one was unhappy about Suleimani’s death, but ,on the other, widespread anti-Americanism and the fact that Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to appear as a spokesman for the entire Islamic world, did not allow for the fact to be publicly welcomed.

In his article, the  Professor stresses another important point,  namely that the American authorities’ actions have been in breach of the decades-old customary rule of prohibiting the killing of officials in rival states. If this rule is abandoned, says Dr. Grigoriadis,  then the blow to international security and stability will be huge.

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