The Pentagon confirmed the airstrike perpetrated at Baghdad International Airport this January 2nd and which killed General Qasam Soleimani, key Irani military commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and Abu Mahdi al Mohandis, vicepresident of Kata’ib Hezbollah and other seven people, was an order of President Donald Trump.
“At the direction of the President, the US military has taken defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani”, said the Pentagon in a statement.
The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region”, it also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
The attack, which rises tensions between the two countries, targeted the vehicle where the men traveled on a road at the Baghdad International Airport.
“The US’ act of international terrorism targeting & assassinating General Soleimani -THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al – is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation”, tweeted Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran, “The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism”, he concluded.