On Thursday night, top general of the Iranian army was killed in Baghdad during a airstrike. The airstrike was done under the direction of the president Trump. he was the head of Iranian revolutionary guard.
Who was General Soleimani?
Born March 11, 1957, Soleimani was said in his homeland to have grown up near the mountainous and the historic Iranian town of Rabor, famous for its forests, its apricot, walnut and peach harvests and its brave soldiers.
While Soleimani was seen as a terrorist in the U.S., he was a towering and deeply respected figure in Iran…cbsnews – who was General Soleimani
After the Iraq-Iran war, Soleimani largely disappeared from public view for several years, something analysts attribute to his wartime disagreements with Hashemi Rafsanjani, who would serve as Iran’s president from 1989 to 1997. But after Rafsanjani, Soleimani became head of the Quds Force. He also grew so close to Khamenei that the Supreme Leader officiated the wedding of the general’s daughter.
Former US General David Pertraeus,
Retired U.S. General David Petraeus, who commanded American forces during the war in Iraq, once called Soleimani “our most significant and evil adversary in the greater Middle East.”
In a 2010 speech, Gen. Petraeus recounted a message from Soleimani he said explained the scope of Iranian’s powers.
“He said, ‘Gen. Petreaus, you should know that I, Qassem Soleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and Afghanistan,'” Petraeus said.cbsnews.com – qassem soleimani
While few in the U.S. would dispute that Soleimani was a die-hard enemy of America, his unilateral killing on Iraqi soil has drawn a vow of revenge from Iran, and condemnation and a warning of a much wider war from Iraq.
Both Iran & Iraq were furious over this attach, with Iranian leadership vowing vengeance.
Let’s hope that this attack does not lead to further hostilities in the coming months & years.