Iran confirms the death of the man who was the architect of Iran’s war on America and Israel, who had the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands.
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, is the architect of Iran’s war on the West and Israel, including through Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist group.
There was an airstrike on a convoy of vehicles at Baghdad airport, and reportedly Soleimani was killed along with the leader of the Iraqi militia aligned with Iran.
There have been many rumors of Soleimani’s death before, but now Iraqi TV is reporting his death, via AP:
Iraqi TV and three Iraqi officials said Friday that Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has been killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport.
The officials said the strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
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.
Two unnamed US officials told Reuters news agency that the US carried out the targeted airstrikes.
Sources from the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) earlier told Al Jazeera that the rockets destroyed two vehicles carrying “high profile guests”, who had arrived at the airport and were being escorted by a PMF public relations official.
Puts this Trump tweet in perspective:
That guy has tweeted that we see Iran responsible for the events in Baghdad & we will respond to Iran.
1st: You can’t do anything.
2nd: If you were logical —which you’re not— you’d see that your crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan… have made nations hate you. https://t.co/hMGOEDwHuY
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 1, 2020
I was hesitant, given the past history of unconfirmed rumors. to post this, but now that the mainstream media is all over it and politicians are commenting on it, consider this a place to keep updated.
As we await confirmation, it’s worth noting some of the preliminary criticism from Democrats and former Obama officials:
Agree – no question that Soleimani has a lot of blood on his hands. But this is a really frightening moment. Iran will respond and likely in various places. Thinking of all US personnel in the region right now. https://t.co/WL0QGfRHtz
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) January 3, 2020
There will be a debate over the recklessness of this act, but a Middle East official told me tonight that this is the single most significant event in the Middle East since the US invaded Iraq. https://t.co/q3rGSzizjo
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 3, 2020
Suleimani has lots of blood on his hands. So did Saddam Hussein. And assassinating him is the single most reckless act of American foreign policy since the Iraq War.
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 3, 2020
The death is confirmed by Iranian official media, via NY Times:
Iranian official news media confirmed that a powerful commander of its Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, was killed in a strike on the Baghdad International Airport early Friday.
The Pentagon released this statement:
This is more than a decade too late. The Bush & Obama admins knew what Soleimani and Muhandis were up to, but were too fearful to strike. These two are responsible for the deaths of at least 600 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis soldiers, police, and civilians. https://t.co/HJrxHiA5r1
— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) January 3, 2020
Qassem Soleimani was an arch terrorist with American blood on his hands. His demise should be applauded by all who seek peace and justice. Proud of President Trump for doing the strong and right thing. @realDonaldTrump ??
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 3, 2020
Trump’s first tweet after it was confirmed:
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