The United States military carried out a mission that killed Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani, leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on Jan. 2.
The MQ-9 Reaper drone killed Soleimani and a couple of his companions while he was driving in Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.
Soleimani was a terrorist within the Iranian regime responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths of both Iraqis and Americans during his lifetime, according to the Daily Wire.
He was also responsible for planning the attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31. President Trump and Secretary Pompeo have since claimed that an additional reason for his killing was due to imminent terror attacks. The military group that he led, the IRGC, is designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department. Many, both inside and outside of Iran, viewed Soleimani as the second-in-command behind Ayatollah Al Khomeini, Iran’s supreme leader.
Since his death, the Iranian government has promised severe consequences against the United States and the free world, which came in the form of more than a dozen missiles launched at American and Iraqi forces in an Iraqi base.
11 were injured, though overall damage was minimal, says NPR. Reports circulated that people within the Iranian government warned the Americans and Iraqis in the region that an attack was coming so they could prepare and get to safety. This was done so that the United States would not have cause to retaliate in a greater and disproportionate fashion to Iran.
The Iranians also mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian 737, killing 176 civilians that were not involved in any conflicts according to Time.
The regime is currently in turmoil. Protests in the streets against the Ayatollah are not uncommon, if not frequent. After President Trump’s new sanctions take place, additional economic pressure will be added onto a suffering regime.
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