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U.S. Airstrike kills Iranian Top General, Soleimani
According to NBC News, The United States of America conducted an airstrike on one of Iran’s top military leaders, General Qassem Soleimani. General Soleimani was in charge of the secretive Quds Force, which is known as part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). The IRGC has been accused of supporting terrorist organizations, such as Hezbollah by the United States in recent weeks. The IRGC is also responsible for the killing of American soldiers in Iraq, including the killing of an American contractor on December, 27th.
The Drone Strike in Baghdad that killed General Soleimani also killed 25 militants with him, including, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was the deputy of the highly controversial Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), who are a lose allied militia group, consisting of 40 different militias in Iraq and Iran. They have fought against ISIL heavily in the past 5 years, but some question their allegiance to other terrorist organizations.
The Pentagon said the killing of General Soleimani was the result of him actively planning to kill American citizens and our Iraqi allies. According to President Trump, the General was intending to kill American Diplomats when he was blown up by an Airstrike near the Baghdad Airport. If you would like to learn more about the history of our two countries, I recommend the following 2 books:
The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran
History of Modern Iran