The United States killed an Iranian general in the night of Thursday to Friday with an air raid on an airport in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Both the US Department of Defense and Iraqi state television report this.
General Qassem Soleimani led the Quds Corps, a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG). The IRG is the armed forces of Iran, which was designated by the US in April of 2019 as a terrorist organization.
In addition to Soleimani would according to news agency Reuters Commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis has also been killed, who led the ‘Popular Mobilization Forces’, an Iraqi group of militia that receives support from Iran. The death of Al Muhandis is not confirmed by the United States.
The two army leaders were said to be in a vehicle together when it was hit by American guns. Another vehicle with bodyguards was also hit by American weapons.
General would be behind demonstration at American embassy
General Soleimani is said to have approved the demonstration at the US embassy in Baghdad earlier this week, according to the US Department of Defense. With the attack, the US wants Iran to abandon “future Iranian attack plans”.
A former commander of the IRG vowed on Friday to “take revenge against America”. The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, calls the attack “extremely dangerous and unwise”. On Friday, Iranian security experts gather to discuss the attack, which they describe as “criminal.” Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared three days of national mourning.
Shortly before the announcement of the death of Soleimani, US President Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter with just an image of the American flag.
Protests at the American embassy after air strikes
On Sunday, the US military carried out air strikes in the border region between Syria and Iraq, killing 25 people. The air strikes would be a retaliatory action for the death of an American in an attack in northern Iraq, behind which an Iranian-backed militia was supposed to be behind.
In response to the air strikes, a demonstration was organized on Tuesday at the American embassy in Baghdad, which led to violence. President Trump accused Iran of being behind the demonstration. The US announced Wednesday to send additional soldiers to the Middle East in response to the demonstration.