Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who was seen as the second most powerful man in Iranian military was killed in a US missile attack at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday January 3, 2020.
Micbloggy News gathered from a report by Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) umbrella grouping of Iran-backed militias, also confirmed the deaths of Soleimani and Muhandis.
He had said before that “The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,”
According to the reliable Sources from the PMF, told Al Jazeera that the US rockets destroyed two vehicles carrying “high-profile guests”, who had arrived at the airport and were being escorted by a PMF official.
The Missile landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles and killing a total of seven.
It is worthy to note that Iranian General Qassim Suleimani Is Killed on US President’s Orders, Officials Say.
Suleimani was planning attacks on Americans in Iraq and throughout the region, leading to an airstrike in Baghdad, the Pentagon statement said.
It should be noted that the commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps was killed on Friday early morning in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that was authorized by President Trump, American officials said.
Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander and several officials from Iraqi militias backed by Tehran died also in the attack when an American MQ-9 Reaper drone fired missiles into a convoy that was leaving the airport.
The killing of General Suleimani was a staggering blow for Iran’s military and national pride, and was a serious escalation of Mr. Trump’s growing confrontation with Tehran, one that began with the death of an American contractor in Iraq in late December.
Analysts said Iran’s leaders were likely to treat General Suleimani’s killing as an act of war. United States officials were braced for potential Iranian retaliatory attacks, possibly including cyberattacks and terrorism, on American interests and allies.
Meanwhile, American officials consider General Suleimani responsible for the deaths of hundreds of soldiers during the Iraq war, when he provided Iraqi insurgents with advanced bomb-making equipment and training. They also say he has masterminded destabilizing Iranian activities that continue throughout the Middle East and are aimed at the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia New York Times said.
“General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “General Suleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
Sources also proved that It did not elaborate on the specific intelligence that led them to carry out General Suleimani’s killing. There is no doubt that the highly classified mission was set in motion after the American contractor’s death on Dec. 27 during a rocket attack by an Iranian-backed militia, a senior American official said.
In killing General Suleimani, Mr. Trump took an action that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama had rejected, fearing it would lead to war between the United States and Iran.
While many Republicans said that the president had been justified in the attack, Mr. Trump’s most significant use of military force to date, critics of his Iran policy called the strike a reckless unilateral escalation that could have drastic and unforeseen consequences that could ripple violently throughout the Middle East.
“Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question,” Representative Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, wrote on Twitter, using an alternate spelling of the Iranian’s name. “The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?”
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, called the killing of General Suleimani an act of “international terrorism” and warned it was “extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.”
However, Democrats that are looking for loopholes from Mr President have blamed him.
“The golfer in chief is getting us into a war. He never should have pulled out of the Iranian deal… never should have been hell-bent on regime change…never should be playing tit for tat with this insane foreign policy.
Trump has no idea what he’s doing or why he’s doing it. He ordered this strike tonight on Baghdad airport which killed one of Iran’s most important senior military officer (yes he was a bad actor) and Iran absolutely will retaliate….then what? This was NOT a defensive attack
Bonespurs is going to get us into a war and Iraq will not help us.”
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