Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani eliminated in US drone strike

Iraq: Iran's Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani eliminated in US drone strike

BREAKING: Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s extra-territorial terror group Quds Force chief, was eliminated in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport. The White House said President Trump ordered the strike in the early hours of Friday.

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Muslim terrorist Qassem Soleimani was targeted while being driven from Baghdad airport by local Iran-backed terrorists from the PMU terror group.

The deputy head of the PMU, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes, a close Soleimani associate, was also eliminated in the strike.

“General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” a Pentagon statement said. “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.”

Minutes before the statement Trump tweeted a US flag.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, ordered three days of mourning and vowed that the US would face “severe revenge” for the killing.

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The Pentagon says Soleimani and his terrorists were “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
Known as Iran’s “shadow commander,” Soleimani — who had led the Quds Force since 1998 — was the mastermind of Iranian operations in Iraq and Syria.
During the Iraq war, it was Soleimani’s units that provided Iraqi terrorists with specially made bombs that could penetrate armor, a deadly weapon against American forces.

“Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more,” Sec. Pompeo tweeted.

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US Treasury officials say Soleimani was involved in a notorious plot on American soil, overseeing Quds Force officers who in 2011 tried and failed to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir at Washington’s upscale Cafe Milano.
Soleimani also orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq in recent months, including an attack on December 27 in which an American contractor and Iraqi personnel were killed. 

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