Top Iranian general killing In Baghdad occurred by President Trump’s order for a game-changing U.S. military attack, Pentagon confirmed on Thursday night after reports of his death on Iranian state television and Iraqi media.
The United States Air Force aircraft with combat troops and special forces on board took off from bases on the East Coast Thursday night after President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, an Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis military officials reported. The officials could not answer where the transport aircraft were traveled.
The Pentagon confirmed its association, declaring: “At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization.”
“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.” Pentagon added.
The Defense Department stated it killed Soleimani because he “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It additionally accused Soleimani of supporting the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
After the targeted killing, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, posted a video he said showed Iraqis dancing in the street “thankful that General Suleimani is no more”.
Nevertheless, Top Iranian general killing could draw powerful Iranian revenge against American interests in the region and spiral into a far larger conflict between the U.S. and Iran, threatening U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
Top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani killing by Trump’s order has had huge reactions around the world and it seems to have far-reaching consequences.
The price of oil rose late Thursday after the top Iranian commander killing in a U.S.-authorized strike, an increase in tensions between Washington and Tehran that could threaten the world’s crude supplies.
Oil prices rocketed by nearly 4% in the morning of Asia trading hours while Brent crude soared 3.98% to $68.90 per barrel, while U.S. crude grew 3.87% to $63.55 per barrel.
You can read the full statement from the Department of Defense about Top Iranian General Killing here:
At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. 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. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week. 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.
Above all, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted following the attack “The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting & killing General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda, et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.”
He continued that the U.S. “bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.”
In April 2019, the State Department declared Iran was responsible for murdering 608 U.S. troops through the Iraq War. Soleimani was the head of the Iranian and Iranian-backed troops carrying out those actions killing American troops. Based on the State Department, 17% of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 were organized by Soleimani.
As recently as 2015, a travel ban and United Nations Security Council resolutions had barred Soleimani from leaving Iran.
US President Donald Trump did not offer any immediate comment. He was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.
However, former US vice-president Joe Biden, the front runner to face Trump in the US presidential election in November, called the attack a “hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region”.
“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad, and our partners throughout the region and beyond,” Biden’s announcement said.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have soared following Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration.
The landmark 2015 nuclear agreement lifted sanctions on Iran that crippled its economy and cut its oil exports roughly in half. In exchange for sanctions relief, Iran accepted limits on its nuclear program and allowed international inspectors into its facilities.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden warned that “Iran will surely respond.”
Oil prices were also lifted by China’s central bank announcing on Wednesday it was decreasing the amount of cash that banks must hold in stock, releasing around 800 billion yuan ($115 billion) in funds to shore up the slowing Chinese economy.
This came shortly after data confirmed China’s production continued to increase at a solid pace and business confidence shot up.
“Oil prices still have room for further upside as many analysts are still having to upgrade their demand forecasts to include a rather calm period on the trade front,” Moya stated. “President Trump is likely to take a break on being ‘tariff man’ until we get beyond the presidential election in November.”
Iranian state TV Published a statement by Khamenei calling Soleimani “the international face of resistance.” Khamenei declared three days of public mourning for the general’s death.
Soleimani was the long-running general of the elite intelligence wing called Quds Force – which itself has been a designated terror group since 2007, and is expected 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 anticipated to draw severe retaliation from Iran and the forces it’s supported in the Middle East against Israel and American interests.
Also, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the U.S.
The tense attack comes at the start of a year in which Trump faces both a Senate trial following his impeachment by the U.S. House and a re-election campaign. It marks a potential turning point in the Middle East and represents a radical change for American policy toward Iran after months of tensions.
Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone and seized oil tankers. The U.S. also blames Iran for a series of attacks targeting tankers, as well as a September assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry that temporarily halted its production.
The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Soleimani was the target of Friday’s U.S. attack, which was conducted by an armed American drone, according to a U.S. official. His vehicle was struck on an access road near the Baghdad airport.