In a statement late Thursday, the Pentagon stated that “General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It added Soleimani “had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months.”
The Defense Department added that U.S. forces conducted the attack at President Donald Trump’s directions.
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran also confirmed the death of its high-profile general in a statement, Friday.
Alongside Soleimani, Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in this attack.
Meanwhile, Mohsen Rezaee, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran tweeted that they will avenge this killing.
Soleimani, 59, has gained fame since the presence of the Iranian Quds Force in Iraq and later in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. His death will surely affect the political scene in international politics around the globe.
It is worth mentioning that last week thousands of protestors hailed over the US embassy in Baghdad. This was followed by Mark Esper, US secretary of defense’s announcement to deploy U.S. 750 soldiers to the Middle East.