Aim of killing Iranian general was to 'stop a war'

Aim of killing Iranian general was to 'stop a war'

Aim of killing Iranian general was to 'stop a war'

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.

The Syrian government on January 3 condemned the killing of top Iranian and Iraqi commanders in a USA strike which was hailed by the country's Opposition.

The tensions between the United States and Iran escalated last week when a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base killed an American contractor on December 27, which the Department of Defense also claimed Soleimani orchestrated.

President Trump ordered the killing of an Iranian general, and now the question is, how might Iran respond?

Following the death of an American contractor in rocket attacks on a US base in Iraq, Washington carried out a series of strikes on Sunday that led to the deaths of at least 25 fighters from the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia group. "We were cocked & loaded", Trump tweeted, until he asked how many Iranian civilians would die as a result. His death was hoped for and prayed for by the families of his victims, and plotted by their governments.It is a measure of Soleimani's brashness that he nonetheless strutted around Baghdad in the company of other wanted mass killers, whose faces, in another age, would be on "Wanted" posters on the walls of local post offices.

Corbyn branded the assassination of Soleimani, who was regarded as the second-most powerful person in Iran after Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, as "an extremely serious and risky escalation of conflict". A more plausible candidate might be the 2002 AUMF, which provided the domestic legal basis for various USA military activities in Iraq from 2003 through 2011, including earlier operations against Kata'ib Hezbollah.

Syria is "certain that this cowardly USA aggression. will only strengthen determination to follow in the path of the resistance's martyred leaders", a Foreign Ministry official was quoted as saying by the state news agency SANA.

"AAH and its leaders are violent proxies of the Islamic Republic of Iran", Pompeo said.

A furious Iran threatened to avenge the U.S. strike that killed Soleimani, raising fears of a wider regional conflict between the foes.

"President Trump deserves all the credit for acting swiftly, forcefully and decisively", the longtime Israeli leader said.

"I think the jury's out on that", Warner said.

Iraq, which is closely allied with both Washington and Tehran, condemned the air strike that killed Soleimani and called it an attack on its national sovereignty. The United States has the best military by far, anywhere in the world.

The killing will make Iran's people more united and "will also make USA policies more scandalous and less effective than before", he added.

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