UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Pentagon confirmed that US President Donald Trump issued an order to “kill” an Iranian general, Qasim Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was assassinated in a missile strike near Baghdad International Airport early Friday.
“On the orders of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive measures to protect American personnel abroad by killing Qasim Soleimani,” the US Department of Defense said in a statement.
The statement added that “General Soleimani was working hard to develop plans to attack American diplomats and soldiers in Iraq and throughout the region.”
As soon as the news of Soleimani’s death was announced, Trump posted on his Twitter account a picture of the American flag without any comment.
The Pentagon said Soleimani “masterminded the attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in the last month – including the December 27 attack – that killed and wounded other Americans and the Iraqi crew,” as well as the ongoing seven-day attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.
The US Department of Defense confirmed that “this strike was aimed at deterring future plans for an attack on Iran,” stressing that “the United States will continue to take all necessary measures to protect our people and interests anywhere in the world.”
In response to a question by Agence France Presse, the White House refused to comment on the killing of Soleimani, while the Revolutionary Guards confirmed the killing of the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, accusing Washington of being behind the missile strike in Baghdad.
Soleimani and a senior leader in the Iraqi popular crowd loyal to Tehran were assassinated in an American missile attack on their car near Baghdad International Airport at dawn on Friday.
The killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, which is an alliance of armed factions loyal mostly to Iran and officially affiliated with the Iraqi government, comes three days after an unprecedented attack by Iranian supporters on the American embassy in the Iraqi capital.
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