At Baghdad airport, Iranian General Kasem Suleimani was killed in a U.S. missile strike.
The attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq just didn’t end there. The protesters left the diplomatic mission, but the Americans, as promised by Donald Trump, responded.
Trump blamed the attack on the embassy in Iran. Less than 24 hours after the Americans eliminated the head of the elite unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, General Kasem Soleimani, with a missile strike.
On Trump’s orders
The White House says “decisive defensive actions” taken by President Donald Trump to assassinate General Suleimani.
General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and military personnel in Iraq and throughout the region. The strike was aimed at curbing future plans for Iranian attacks. The United States will continue to take all necessary measures to protect our people and our interests around the world,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Minutes before the Pentagon’s announcement, Trump tweeted the U.S. flag. The White House later issued a statement saying that the attack was a “decisive defensive action” conducted “at the direction of the President.”
Suleimani was the commander of the Quds Forces, the outer wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran. According to the American administration, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is the main Iranian mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorist groups against U.S. forces throughout the Middle East.
The attack on the car in which Suleimani was traveling was carried out by drones. The New York Post, citing anonymous military sources, reports that seven people were killed in the strikes. According to the newspaper, the airstrikes hit two vehicles. The target was hit from the second approach: three missiles were launched before that, but they did not cause any harm.
According to the U.S. military, Kasem Suleimani and his forces are responsible for the deaths of hundreds and wounded thousands of U.S. military personnel, as well as members of the international coalition.
Tehran summoned a representative of the Swiss Embassy, which represents U.S. interests in Iran, to protest the incitement of war in neighboring Iraq.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened the United States with an act of terrible revenge for the murder of Suleimani and declared three days of mourning in the country.
“Martyr’s death was his reward for the tireless work he has been doing all these years,” the Iranian leader said on his official Twitter account. “Although he has left, by Allah’s will, his work and his path will not stop. Terrible revenge awaits criminals who last night tarnished their dirty hands with his blood and other martyrs.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called the incident an extremely dangerous and unreasonable escalation. A spokesman for the Iranian government said the country’s security council would hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the “criminal attack.”
The reaction of the world
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on the US and Iran to de-escalate: “We have always recognized the threat posed by the Iranian special forces of Al-Quds, led by Kasem Suleimani. After his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is not in our interest,” Raab was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also called for de-escalation, but said the UK should “stand up to the bellicose rhetoric of the United States.”
Acting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi criticized the U.S. operation. Mahdi, whose government supports Iran, said the U.S. operation is a “dangerous escalation that will ignite the wick of the devastating war in Iraq, the region and the world.”
Along with Suleimani, the commander of the Iraqi People’s Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was killed.
In the wake of the killing, global oil prices rose 4 percent.
The expert of the Ukrainian Institute of the Future Elijah Kusa calls the murdered Suleimani and Muhandis idols for the whole region and legendary personalities, about which many rumors have spread.
“Their death is a powerful cataclysm in the minds of many people in the Middle East. Iran will take revenge, and the region will explode, especially Iraq, where chaos and anarchy has been prevailing for 3 months because of mass protests and a political crisis created, among other things, by the United States itself,” Kusa said.
The expert calls Suleimani’s murder a rate hike by Trump.
“Donald Trump can be congratulated. In addition to pushing the Middle East into chaos and war, he also united against himself all the major Iraqi parties, previously mercilessly quarreling with each other over who to be the new prime minister. And all they’re saying in unison with the protesters in the streets is “Death to America” and “Let’s get the U.S. out of Iraq,”” Kusa said.