After years of Iranian aggression, President Trump retaliates to a recent attack on the American embassy in Iraq, orchestrated by Iranian sponsored militias, by taking out one of Iran’s highest ranking generals – Qasem Soleimani. As the story unfolded, we now know Soleimani was being watched by the Pentagon for years before the drone strike against the terrorist was ordered.
The now deceased Qasem Soleimani was the second most powerful person in Iran, right below the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He also commanded the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the terrorist wing of the IRG.
President Trump warned on Twitter there’d be consequences for Iran’s violence directed towards the United States, and within hours it was announced Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general responsible for the death of thousands of American soldiers, was killed in a drone strike after he arrived at an Iraqi airport in Baghdad. Soleimani was also responsible for arming Hezbollah, and Jihadist forces in the Gaza Strip, who regularly fire indiscriminate rockets at Israel.
In the last few years alone Iran had directly attacked American and international assets unprovoked in such famous incidents as taking American seamen hostage briefly, blowing up two European oil tankers, downing an American drone, funding terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, and now the siege on our embassy. The retaliatory strike may appear impulsive, even under these circumstances, but the target had been tracked for longer than Trump was in office.
USA Today reported, “for years, the U.S. military kept close tabs on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Every day. Whom he met. What he planned. The mayhem he plotted.” They added, “Soleimani had overseen a network of paramilitaries, militias and terrorist groups across the Middle East and beyond that furthered Iranian interests by often undermining those of the United States and its allies.”
Soleimani’s claim to infamy comes through his introduction of sophisticated and deadly IEDs across Iraqi during peak fighting in the mid-2000’s. These hidden, roadside, ambush style explosive traps were responsible for the death of hundreds of American soldiers, while maiming thousands of others. The nature of IED’s means collateral damage and civilian causalities were all but certain.
The attack on American servicemen, which killed a U.S. contractor, that triggered a chain of events resulting in the attack on the embassy was linked to Soleimani, according to the Pentagon.
According to sources within the Pentagon, USA Today added, the death of Soleimani will disrupt future attacks and cause a major blow to the Iranian terrorist organization.
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said on his daily podcast that this striking blow to the Iranian government would be the equivalent of Iran taking out the Director of the FBI, Director of the CIA, and the Defense Secretary in a single strike.
President Trump, noting the careful consideration of the target, said this strike was designed to disrupt and prevent “imminent and sinister attacks” that Soleimani was planning.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an on-air interview that Soleimani was planning an attack that would kill a “significant amounts of Americans.” He added, “Soleimani, the terrorist, was engaged in active plotting. There was an attack that was imminent that could have killed dozens or hundreds of Americans. We found an opportunity and we delivered … we took him off the battlefield.”
Just moments ago, two rockets struck the Green Zone of the American embassy in Baghdad, and two mortar rounds landed in an American Air Force base in the same area. There were no casualties reported as on now. That story is still developing.