A Look at Key Figures Killed With Qassem Soleimani in US Strike

A Look at Key Figures Killed With Qassem Soleimani in US Strike

Besides his ties to terror organizations, Soleimani has ordered the killing of Americans, Newsweek said, and the Pentagon said he and his Quds Force were behind the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

A convoy including Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces was hit by an airstrike early Saturday in north Baghdad, killing and wounding several, according to the PMF.

The exact moment that Quds commander Qassem Soleimani and his associates were killed in the United States airstrike at Baghdad airport was captured on closed circuit video that showed a blinding flash and blazing debris hurtling skyward.

Iraqi state television says there has been another air strike in the country, 24 hours after the killing of Soleimani.

Sabah al-Sheikh, a professor of politics at Baghdad University, told Xinhua that the U.S.

In response to "increased threat levels against USA personnel and facilities" in the Middle East, the United States will deploy a brigade to Kuwait "as an appropriate and precautionary action", said the Pentagon in a statement on Friday, without specifying the number of the troops.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said he had grave concerns about the events that led up to the strike and called on the administration to spell out how the killing protects US interests.

"Indeed, he was responsible for the death of hundreds of Americans and thousands of others in the region - there is no doubt that he was a force of evil". Trump tweeted on Friday. "There's been a deep strategy that President Trump laid down. nearly three years ago".

Moscow warned on Friday that the United States killing of top Iranian commander would boost tensions across the Middle East.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the attack was an act of "international terrorism" and Iran would take legal action to hold Washington to account. "But the political dynamics are going to be much stronger and it's going to be increasingly hard for Iraqi political leaders to defend the continued presence of a country that has flouted their sovereignty".

"Certainly, there's some high tensions after what's happened, but it looks like those people going out in Tahrir Square to demonstrate in favor of the United States and to celebrate a bit of a new lease on freedom is a very positive sign for Iraq", O'Brien told Al-Monitor.

The 62-year-old was widely seen as the second most powerful figure in Iran, behind Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The US had "compelling" information of looming threats from Soleimani's operations that were much greater in "size, scale, scope" than in the past, Milley said.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the killing as "an act of worldwide terrorism". U contribute to deaths of Americans & others by UR foolish & ignorant tweets.

"By targeting Hezbollah's Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called political wing and Hezbollah's global terrorist plotting", U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at the time. He is deeply concerned with the recent escalation,"said Farhan Haq". In a statement to RT on Friday, retired Virginia Senator Richard Black said the assassination "may presage a new war of aggression-this time, against the Iranian people".

So far, Republicans have mostly praised Trump's actions while Democrats have expressed concerns over retaliation.

The US State Department has warned Americans in Iraq to leave "immediately".

European nations including France, Germany and the United Kingdom have urged Trump to deescalate tensions.

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