The Pentagon on late Thursday announced that the US had carried out attacks near Baghdad airport to kill Qasem Soleimani, one of the most influential persons in Iran. This incident takes place amidst high tension situations in the Middle East, violence from the Gulf to the shores of the Mediterranean. The Pentagon released a statement: General Qasem Soleimani was actively planning to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq. He arranged attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last couple of months.” The strike carried out by the US forces also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the most prominent leader of Iraqi Shia militia.
Former Vice President Joe Biden released a statement on the killing of Soleimani from his official Twitter handle. Here's Biden statement:
No American will mourn Qasem Soleimani's passing. He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents throughout the region. He supported terror and sowed chaos. None of that negates the fact that this is a huge escalation move in an already dangerous region. The Administration's statement says that its goal is to deter future attacks by Iran, but this action almost certainly will have the opposite effect. President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox, and he owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plans to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad, and our partners throughout the region and beyond. I'm not privy to the intelligence, and much remains unknown, but Iran will surely respond. We could be on the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East. I hope the Administration has thought through the second and third-order consequences of the path they have chosen. But I fear this Administration has not demonstrated at any turn the discipline or long-term vision necessary and the stakes could not be higher.
My statement on the killing of Qassem Soleimani. pic.twitter.com/4Q9tlLAYFB— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 3, 2020
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