Pentagon: US air strike takes out Top Iranian general in Baghdad
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The Pentagon has officially confirmed that a United States air strike has taken out a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, in Baghdad. This comes amid chaos that has unfolded over the last few days at the United States embassy, in which Marines and soldiers were deployed to protect.
The Pentagon released an official statement on their website, as follows:
At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.
General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.
This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.
The situation is ongoing and the Pentagon will likely release any updates on their official Department of Defense website.
In a recent plot twist, there has been speculation that an NYT article sent a warning to Soleimani. This article includes the name and place where the incident happened, which could be coincidence, or could have some disturbing underlying leak.