A major blow to Iran, the airstrikes by the United States killed Iran and Iraq’s top commanders. A US strike on Friday killed top Iranian commander Kaseem Soleimani and top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad’s airport.
The Pentagon, in a statement, called it a decisive defensive action to protect American personnel abroad. It added, General Solimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.
It further stated that on the direction of the US President, the US Army has taken decisive defensive action to protect American personnel abroad by killing Qasim Soleimani.
The US Department of Defense said, General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths and injuries to thousands of American and coalition service members.
On Thursday, airstrikes were carried out against two Iran-linked targets in Baghdad. Haj Solimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were boarding a vehicle when it was hit by two successive guided missiles launched from an American helicopter.
Iran has remained locked in a prolonged conflict with Iran, which intensified with a hurricane of pro-American periphery following a US airstrike on the Iraqi Shiite militia within the perimeter of the US embassy in Iraq last week.
US President Donald Trump tweeted an image of the American flag after the news broke.
Global oil prices have risen by more than 4% in the wake of this strike. In addition, Iran has called the killing of Soleimani by the US a ‘very dangerous, senseless escalation’.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that the killing of Quad Force chief Qasim Soleimani would double the motivation of resistance against the United States and Israel.