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Iran’s top general Soleimani killed in US airstrike

Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander, has been killed in a “decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad” airstrike, which according to US authorities was intended to deter “future Iranian attack plans.”

The Pentagon confirmed that they acted “at the direction of the president,” who ordered an airstrike at Baghdad International Airport.

Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force unit and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), were among the people killed in the attack which occurred early Friday morning.

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike, in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office)

The killing of Soleimani, who is one of the most powerful men in Iran, is an unexpected move which marks a major escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran. The cause of this heat can be traced back to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. 

Iran’s Supreme Leader – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “severe revenge awaits the criminals behind the attack.”

severe revenge awaits the criminals behind the attack – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

He also announced three days of mourning.

Are we expecting heavy retaliation from Iran and her allies? Only time will tell.

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