Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite ‘Quds’ force, was killed in a US drone strike in the Baghdad International Airport on Friday morning. At the same moments, Iraqi Paramilitary Assistant Chief Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis was killed along with 8 others. The Pentagon has claimed responsibility for the death of Qasem Solaimani and said “killed under the order of US President Donald Trump”.
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that although Solaimani was martyred, his work would not stop. Those who have put the blood of Solaimani and other martyrs in their own hands await intense revenge. Soleimani was one of Iran’s most important figures. He was given the status of a national hero in Iran. Khamenei warned that awful revenge awaits the ‘criminals’ who killed Suleimani.
Khamenei said, “The Jihad of the Resistance will advance in double jeopardy, certainly waiting for a sure victory for the warriors in this holy war.” Iran also announced a three-day ‘state of mourning’ in the death of Soleimani. In such a situation tensions have been created all over the Middle East. As a result, there has been the danger of war.
Qasem Solaimani is called to be one of the great heroes of Iran. He answered only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for all the activities of his forces. The Iranians are also well aware of the number and capability of the ‘Quds Force’. The force is working with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Palestine, Fatimun and Zainabiyun militias in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Yemeni Houthis. Beyond that, there are many Shi’ite trained forces in Syria and Iraq under the ‘Quds Force’.
The Iranian army’s own media reported yesterday that the cargo section of the international airport suddenly exploded. They also released some pictures of the burning cargo. Shortly afterward, the Pentagon reported that the Iranian general had died in their airstrike. a while, the Iranian army also said that the news true. On the departure of the airport, the car of Army General Qasem Soleimani was attacked by a drone.
Suleiman’s bloody body was found in the car. His hand The finger has the red ring, which has been seen before in various pictures of Sulaimani. Iran’s military says awaits tougher punishment for the United States.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said, “With Suleimani being martyred, Iran will be more determined to prevent America and protect Islamic values.” There is no doubt that countries like Iran, which do not want to be America’s elite in this region, will all take revenge. ‘ Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif also condemned US drone strikes as ‘international terrorism’. He also warned in his tweet, “America has to respond in the coming days.”
According to analysts, Major-General Soleimani was considered one of the most important figures in the development of US forces in the Middle East and the influence of Iran. Along with Israel, former US President George Bush and then Barack Obama planned to assassinate him but later came back thinking of the consequences. Former US Vice President Joe Biden said in the statement that after the death of Soleimani, the US administration said in the statement, “The purpose of the attack is to prevent future attacks on Iran.” But I would say, this move will almost certainly have the opposite effect.
President Trump committed the assassination when the US Congress approved the impeachment against him a short time ago and the election of the president less than a year ago. As a result, opposition Democrats have already begun to see political distrust behind the decision.
Journalist Julian Berger wrote that the decision was made to kill Soleimani in view of the November elections. He thinks that the killing of Osama bin Laden became a major issue in Barack Obama’s second round of election campaigns, Mr. Trump may have wanted to do something similar.
The US Congress did not support the attack. Eliot Engel, head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Congress House of Representatives, said in a statement, “The attack was carried out against Soleimani without the knowledge of the Congress or without any discussion.” Democrat leader Chris Murphy tweeted, “Soleimani is America’s enemy, no doubt about it. But the way Trump got into Baghdad without discussing Congress and killing him, the problem became more complicated. The situation of the war was created. It cannot be accepted. ‘
Middle East journalistic Jeremy Bowen says why Americans wait so long to press this ‘trigger’. That’s the reason for this may be that President Trump thinks the benefits of the killing are greater than the risk. He said that as a planner, Soleimani was very annoying. So if he was ever killed, he might have planned what to do. Surely, Iran will revenge to his assassination.
Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militia, has announced revenge against the United States. In a statement, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said, “It is the duty and responsibility of the resistance fighters all over the world to punish these murderers.”
Russia remarks that tensions between the US and Iran will increase as Sulaimani kill. Russia says that Soleimani worked with absolute fidelity to protect the interests of the Iranians. We extend our deepest condolences to the Iranian people. ”
According to the British-based International Strategic Education Institute, there are 0.5 million active members in various levels of the Iranian military. Of them, 0.3 million are regular army and at least one and half lakh are members of the Revolutionary Guard Forces.
Meanwhile, the Baghdad embassy on Friday ordered the US citizens to leave the country immediately after the assassination of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani. The directive comes amid fears of a back injury following the assassination of a leader of Iran’s Quds Force.
According to a statement, the US Embassy is urging US citizens to abide by the 2020 travel guidelines and urge them to leave Iraq immediately because of increased tensions in Iraq and the region. US citizens should travel by plane if possible. If this is not possible, go to another country by road.
The United States issued the directive hours after the drone attack on Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of the Quds Force and Iraqi militia commander.