Iranian Tension Rises after U.S. Drone Strike Kills Top Iranian Commander

Monday, 06 Jan, 2020

Late Thursday night Iranian terrorist leader and head of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad by a USA airstrike, promoting celebrations from patriotic Americans and anti-Iranian Iraqi protestors.

In his first comments since the early Friday strike against the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Trump said Soleimani was also responsible for killing and wounding "thousands" of Americans and many more in the region. But they also run counter to Trump's repeated push to extract the United States from Mideast conflicts.

People leave a mosque at the conclusion of a mourning ceremony in a predominantly Iraqi neighborhood, south of Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, next to a poster of Qassem Soleimani, with the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, top left, and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Members of Netanyahu's security cabinet have been asked not to comment on the high-profile killings, which Israeli media interpreted as a bid to stave off retaliation from Iran's proxies and allies in the region.

"General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week", the statement said, referring to the two days of protests outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, earlier this week.

"The great nation of Iran will take revenge for this heinous crime", tweeted Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, after the USA claimed responsibility for the act in a statement Thursday night.

Iranian dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei taunted Trump, tweeting at him Wednesday: "You can not do anything". The U.S. called that an "act of war", but did not respond, except by sending more American troops to the region. Following Soleimani's killing, Trump, on a vacation in Florida, initially tweeted an image of the U.S. flag. Among those who pushed back on the US airstrike was Iraq's own prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Fears about the repercussions of killing Soleimani persisted throughout the administrations of President George W. Bush, a Republican, and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, according to officials who served under both.

Leaders of Syrian Opposition groups for their part hailed the death of a man they blame for thousands for thousands of deaths in the almost nine-year-old civil war.

"You know, Trump talked a lot in his campaign for the presidency - and even since he's been in office - about how he wants to end forever wars, but his actions tell a different story", Gabbard stated.

Qassem Soleimani was never going to die peacefully in his bed.

The State Department added that US citizens should "depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land".

"He has the ability to prevent an imminent attack against the United States without coming to Congress", Democratic Sen.

"I think the jury's out on that", Warner said.