Iran vows revenge after US airstrike kills General Qassem Soleimani

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed “severe revenge” after an airstrike by the United States on a pair of cars at Baghdad International Airport killed Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020. “All enemies should know that the jihad of resistance will continue with a doubled motivation, and a definite victory awaits the fighters in the holy war,” Khamenei said after calling for three days of national mourning following Soleimani’s death.

The US airstrikes carried out by military helicopters also killed Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) — an umbrella organization uniting primarily Iran-backed Shiite paramilitary groups. According to Iranian state media, al-Muhandis was traveling with Soleimani when the vehicles were struck.

American citizens have been urged by the US embassy in Baghdad to leave Iran immediately, following the news of Soleimani’s killing.

Motivation for the strike

The Pentagon states that the airstrikes were aimed at thwarting future attacks by the Iranians and that necessary action to continue the countermeasure will be taken. “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world,” said the Pentagon.

The general’s death has escalated already high tensions between Iran and the United States, and there are major concerns of retaliation from Iranian forces.

Significance of General Soleimani

According to the Pentagon, Soleimani has been the mastermind behind the planned killings of American diplomats and has been responsible for the deaths of numerous service members. “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” said the Pentagon.

Originally published at https://themilsource.com on January 4, 2020.

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