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U.S. Strike Kills Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani: Iran Pledges "Severe Revenge"

By: Politicized News

Last night, the United States carried out a strike attack on a top Iranian official, Qassem Soleimani, a major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the head of the highly secretive Quds Force. Soleimani commanded Iranian military forces in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, and he is commonly known as a key figure in the training of Iranian proxy forces in Iraq and throughout the region. The airstrike occurred in close proximity to Baghdad’s international airport, and was successful in killing both Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a close associate of Soleimani who headed the Popular Mobilisation Committee, which is a group of militias largely dedicated to fighting the Islamic State of Iraq.

In an official statement, the U.S. Dept of Defense announced the strike, adding that: “at the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad,” and that “this strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”
According to The Pentagon, Soleimani had been actively planning attacks on U.S. diplomats and representatives in Iraq and across the region, and as such was considered a threat to national security and Americans working abroad. 

This morning, crude oil prices spiked 4% as news of the airstrike spread across the world. Major officials and state leaders have expressed their alarm at the massive escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres released a statement calling for de-escalation: “this is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint...the world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.”
According to live updates on the rapidly escalating situation, Iran's National Security Council has vowed to respond to the airstrike in seeking "harsh vengeance." The council also released a media statement in which it claimed that “the US regime will be responsible for the consequences of this criminal adventurism.”

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