The President of the United States ordered the death of Iranian elite force commander al-Quds general Qassem Soleimani, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Iran promises revenge.
"By order of the President, the United States military has taken decisive defensive measures to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani," the US Department of Defense said in a statement on Thursday evening. local time).
Qassem Soleimani was killed on Friday in an air raid on Baghdad airport that also targeted "number two" of the coalition of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq, Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, known as the Popular Mobilization. Chaabi).
Both deaths had already been confirmed by state television in Iraq and Iran.
In the statement, the Pentagon said Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack US diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."
The Department of Defense also accused Soleimani of approving the unprecedented assault on the US embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
The attack on the Iranian general "was intended to deter future Iranian attack plans," he added. In apparent reaction, US President Donald Trump posted an image of the US flag on Twitter without comment.
Iran's supreme leader has vowed to avenge the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and has declared three days of national mourning.
"Martyrdom is the reward for tireless work all these years. God willing, your work and your way will not end here. Ruthless revenge awaits the criminals who have filled their hands with their blood and the blood of other martyrs "Ali Khamenei said, the France-Presse (AFP) news agency said.
The supreme leader declared three days of mourning over the death of Iranian elite force commander Al-Quds, whom he described as an "international symbol of resistance," according to a statement read on state television.
The head of Iranian diplomacy had already warned that the attack ordered by US President Donald Trump constitutes an "extremely dangerous escalation".
"The act of international terrorism by the United States … is extremely dangerous and a reckless escalation" of tensions, said Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a message published on the social network Twitter.
Former Iranian Revolutionary Guard leader Mohsen Rezai also reacted to the commander's death in a message in which he gave a clear warning to Washington: "Soleimani has joined our martyr brothers, but our revenge on America will be terrible."
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