United States Kills Iranian General

United States Kills Iranian General

Alora Foote, Contributor

On January 3, the United States sent a drone strike to attack, and ultimately eliminate, the Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. He was assassinated after the U.S. Embassy stationed in Iraq. President Trump has made it clear that the attack on the general was purely to disrupt a terrorist threat on his military bases. “He was also motivated by retribution after the death of an American contractor at an Iraqi military base, possibly caused by Iranian-backed militias” (CNN).

There was news that Soleimani was planning and threatening to attack U.S. service men and diplomats throughout Iraq and the regions around Iraq. Soleimani has also previously made deadly decisions opposing international American forces. He has hundreds of American soldier’s blood on his hands due to his orders to send more than a dozen ballistic missiles against the U.S. embassy. Two military bases were bombed and one was hit with at least six missiles. “The strike comes as U.S. officials have defended Trump’s decision to kill Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike in Baghdad last week” (Washington Post). At his funeral, a stampede resulted in 50 fatalities and more than 200 injuries in the process.

Secretary of State and Defense Secretary met with the president following the attack. The three of them came to the conclusion that the United States Military will not be withdrawing troops from Iraq. Proper precautions will be made against Iraq in case they retaliate after Soleimani’s killing on their soil. Iran, neglecting to address the terrorist activities of their major general, labeled Trump’s decision as a prevention of future actions and attacks Iran will take. Pompeo, the Secretary of State, did refer to a Iranian active attack plan that they were hoping to disrupt with the strike.  President Trump makes it clear that he thought that the Iranian general should have been taken killed a long time ago. Soleimani had been responsible for thousands of American lives. “‘Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,’ Trump said” (CNN). His plan was to prevent a war, not to start one. However, Iran sees it differently.

In retaliation to the assassination of their major general, Iran had an attack ordered on military bases housing American troops in Iraq. “Mr. Trump said Wednesday Iran appeared to be “standing down” after a week of soaring tension between the two countries” (CBSNEWS). However, there were clearly mixed communications between the countries when Iran attacked our troops in Iraq again on Thursday. An Iranian general promised the United States would receive more punishment for killing the major general. He had also claimed to know that the United States’ goal was to strike the Iranian military and cripple it with the assassination of a terrorist to American troops. Contrary to his promise, Iran had released that their response to the killing was over a day earlier to the vow.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/politics/qasem-soleimani-reasons-justifications/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/iran-live-updates/2020/01/07/896c70a2-30d5-11ea-9313-6cba89b1b9fb_story.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/iran-commander-vows-harsher-revenge-against-us-relief-in-tehran-today-after-trump-speech-2020-01-09/