In a stunning and swift retaliation for increased attacks, President Donald Trump ordered a military
strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds
Force and mastermind of terror activities in the region.
Other military officials were also killed in the attack at
Baghdad International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon confirmed.
Instead of tipping off the terrorists, President Trump has orchestrated their destruction.
Although democrats were swift to defend the murdering terrorist and condemn the president’s actions as
“escalation,” most of the world, and in particular the people who are desperate to escape fascist rule are rejoicing.
In fact, the hashtag @TnxPOTUS4Soleimani is sweeping Twitter and other social media outlets.
Dear US President
I am very grateful for what you did in Iraq and liberated the Middle East and Iran from one of the leaders of the
Islamic Republic and I wish you and the American people great honor.
@realDonaldTrump ????#????_??????? #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani pic.twitter.com/XM2LcWm6RS
— ?? ? ????? ??????? ? (@MRPishdadi) January 3, 2020
This is the reason I’m saying #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani @khamenei_ir and his terrorists killed more
than 1500 just in 2 days during #IraqProtests in November.
Maybe now they feel what mothers of these angels feel. pic.twitter.com/hyt1L5RzDb
— Ali Ashraf Darabi (@DarabiAliashraf) January 3, 2020
The Daily Survivor
The majority of the Iranian nation. pic.twitter.com/vPEsXkaFsu
— ?????????? (@yekiroboti) January 3, 2020
Admirable & solid response.
All Iranian patriots & freedom-seekers are extremely happy.
People already started celebrating ????
Cheers to USA & Trump administration. #TnxPOTUS4soleimani
— ???? ????????? (@Solo_Commando) January 3, 2020
And these are just a very small example of the sentiment felt by the people.
Fox News reported:
Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed equally as dangerous
as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In October, Baghdadi killed himself during a U.S. raid on a compound in northwest Syria, seven months
after the so-called ISIS “caliphate” crumbled as the terrorist group lost its final swath of Syrian territory in March.
In April 2019, the State Department announced Iran was responsible for killing 608 U.S. troops during the Iraq War.
Soleimani was the head of the Iranian and Iranian-backed forces carrying out those operations killing American troops.
According to the State Department, 17 percent of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011
were orchestrated by Soleimani.
As recently as 2015, a travel ban and United Nations Security Council resolutions had barred Soleimani from leaving Iran.
Friday’s Baghdad strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias
known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, a source told Fox News.
In all, at least seven people were killed and at least three rockets were fired, officials told
The Associated Press.
An official with the Popular Mobilization Forces said its airport protocol officer, Mohammed Reda, also died.
Hours after the attack was announced, President Trump tweeted a simple image of the American flag.
Soleimani was the long-running leader of the elite intelligence wing called Quds Force – which itself has
been a designated terror group since 2007, and is estimated to be 20,000 strong.
Considered one of the most powerful men in Iran, he routinely was referred to as its “shadow commander” or “spymaster.”
“Soleimani is our leader” had been photographed spray-painted on windows by Iran-backed militiamen
at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Their deaths marked a potential turning point in the Middle East, and are expected to draw severe retaliation
from Iran and the forces it’s backed in the Middle East against Israel and American interests.
An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Muhandis had arrived to
the airport in a convoy to receive Soleimani whose plane had arrived from either Lebanon or Syria.
The airstrike occurred as soon as he descended from the plane to be greeted by Muhandis and his companions,
killing them all.
A senior politician said Soleimani’s body was identified by the ring he wore.
Iraq’s Security Media Cell, which released information regarding Iraqi security,
said the three rockets landed near the cargo hall.
Iraqi security also said two cars were on fire.
The nighttime attack occurred amid tensions with the U.S. after an Iran-backed militia attacked
the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was targeted Tuesday by angry mobs who were protesting recent U.S. airstrikes.
The two-day siege outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad came to an end Wednesday afternoon
after dozens of pro-Iran militiamen and their supporters withdrew from the compound.
The crisis started early Tuesday, when, in an orchestrated assault, hundreds of protesters stormed the
embassy compound, one of the most heavily fortified U.S. diplomatic missions in the world.
President Trump, who on Tuesday night vowed that the situation “will not be a Benghazi” — a pointed reference
to the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on the Obama administration’s watch, ordered deployment
of about 750 U.S. soldiers to the Middle East.
The embassy attack, one of the worst in recent memory, followed deadly U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters
of the Iran-backed group, the Kataeb Hezbollah.
The U.S. military said the airstrikes were retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor
in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, which the U.S. blamed on the militia.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper reacted on Thursday to the U.S. Embassy attack in Iraq earlier this week,
saying that it’s time for Iran to start “acting like a normal country.”
“We are there in Iraq working with our Iraqi partners to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS,”
Esper said on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday.
“Through the president’s direction, we were able to physically defeat the caliphate that remains physically defeated,
if you will,” he added.
“And now, our aim is to deter further Iranian bad behavior that has been going on now for over 40 years.
It’s time that Iran started acting like a normal country.”
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