Gen. Soleimani Iran`s top military leader was reportedly killed in an airstrike by the US air force in Baghdad`s airport tonight.
Iran Quds Force commander Soleimani was responsible for exporting terrorism around the world & targeting & killing American troops along with tens of thousands of people in the Middle East.
It`s official – The man behind the death of thousands – is no more.
According to the State Department responsible for killing 608 U.S. troops during Iraq War.
Qasem Soleimani led all Iranian and Iranian-backed forces in those operations.
17% of U.S. troops killed in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 orchestrated by him.
Considered Israel`s nemesis in the past 15 years as he had direct command of the region’s most anti-Israeli militias and terror organizations.
Watch the news as it unfolded on Twitter:
At the beginning of the event – unconfirmed reports started circulating among Arab blogger and Military correspondents.
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) January 3, 2020
#BREAKING Additional President @realDonaldTrump approved the U.S. drone strike this morning that killed Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and two senior Iraqi militia officials, per Pentagon sources. https://t.co/2d02ogcM8g
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) January 3, 2020
And finally, the Pentagon announced :
"At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization."
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) January 3, 2020
Who was Gen. Qassem Soleimani?
Soleimani, relatively unknown to the Us audiences – a household name in the middle east was revered among the Shiites and Pro-Iranian forces as one of the most influential figures in the middle east since the Iraq war ended
According to his Wikipedia:
Soleimani hailed from a humble background. He began his military career since the beginning of the Iran–Iraq War of the 1980s, during which he commanded the 41st Division. He was later involved in extraterritorial operations, providing military assistance to anti-Saddam Shia and Kurdish groups in Iraq, and later Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories. In 2012, Soleimani helped bolster the Syrian government, a key Iranian ally, during the Syrian Civil War. Soleimani also assisted in the command of combined Iraqi government and Shia militia forces that advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2014–2015.
Top military analysts and commentators responding to the targeted killing tonight:
Qassem Suleimani was more than just a General or a military leader, he was Iran's ultimate symbol of power, strength & influence in the Middle East, rushing between Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, his assassination is not just an escalation, its effectively a declaration of war.
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) January 3, 2020
16. The Iranian government has confirmed the death of Qasem Soleimani in Iraq.
Now that it's confirmed, allow me to say in plain English…this is a holy shit moment.
Again not just for US-Iran relations, not just in the Middle East, but a holy shit global event
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 3, 2020
A U.S. air strike killed General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
This is a bigger deal than Osama Bin Laden.
Obama sent Iran cash — Trump is sending them the grim reaper.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 3, 2020
Tears in Tehran, celebrations no doubt in Tel Aviv.
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) January 3, 2020
#BREAKING: It is reported that, #USArmy Aviation played key role in the target killing of Qasem #Soleimani, commander of #IRGC-QF & Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis commander of #PMU. An AH-64E Guardian attack helicopter supported by a #USArmy's MQ-1C UCAV & a #USAF's MQ-9 UCAV did the job! pic.twitter.com/fA9ruKyime
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) January 3, 2020
Senator Rick Scott responded:
If reports are true & Qassim Soleimani, leader of Iran's Quds Force, was killed in Iraq tonight, there’s finally some justice for the thousands of Americans killed & injured by this terrorist.
His death sends a clear message: acts of aggression against the US won’t be tolerated. https://t.co/3ZcsnFq9gx
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 3, 2020
The assassination may have severe implications on the stability of the whole area (and might send ripples even beyond the middle east). In the meantime the president of the united states Doland Trump tweeted :
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020