Iran's top leader has issued a warning of 'harsh retaliation' after United States air strikes have eliminated one of their top generals, named Qassem Soleimani. This happened during the airstrike near/at Baghdad's airport on Friday.
NBC Washington reports:
The targeted killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, could draw forceful Iranian retaliation against American interests in the region and spiral into a far larger conflict between the U.S. and Iran, endangering U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and beyond.
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The Defense Department said it killed Soleimani because he “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 U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
This most certainly is going to spark controversy and stir the pot overseas. Iran wasn't exactly clear what the 'harsh retaliation' will include, but there will most likely be increased security and forces sent over.
A response was made on their side, as noted on Technical Politics:
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In response, Ayatollah Khamenei responded “You can’t do anything”, a jibe that will almost certainly have piqued President Trump’s ire. It is possible that Iranian officials aware of the Ayatollah’s communication to President Trump will come to see it as a mistake to provoke him.
Trending Politics also reported on the incident, sharing posts from notable figures on social media.