Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, has left the shadows for the spotlight.
Iran's powerful allies prepared responses to Trump's Jerusalem speech.
Mike Pompeo tried to warn Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani not to threaten "U.S. interests" in the region.
Iran has threatened a "crushing" response to the U.S. potentially designating its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorists.
An Iranian news agency said yes on Wednesday, but authorities in Tehran and Moscow deny the meeting took place.
The death of Hossein Hamedani may disrupt Iranian efforts in Syria.