Fears of a looming World War 3 are growing after Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East, was killed in an air strike ordered by US president Donald Trump.
General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
According to local news, top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Gen Soleimani, was also killed in the attack that was authorized by US President Donald Trump. Their convoy was destroyed in a pinpoint attack by US forces as it drove towards the airport.
Soleimani killed 603 American servicemembers.— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) January 3, 2020
Soleimani maimed thousands more with IEDs.
Soleimani approved the attack on the U.S. Embassy.
He was plotting to kill more Americans.
Yes he deserves to be dead. If you’re lamenting his death, you hate Trump more than a terrorist.
Soleimani's killing marks a dramatic escalation in the regional "shadow war" between Iran and the United States and its allies, principally Israel and Saudi Arabia, which could quickly ratchet up tit-for-tat attacks.
The attack is expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests after its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed harsh revenge.
Trump Middle East policy. Seems sound. https://t.co/Xrevi6wiVV— Lee Smith (@LeeSmithDC) January 3, 2020
US President Donald Trump also tweeted: "The United States has paid Iraq Billions of Dollars a year, for many years. That is on top of all else we have done for them.
"The people of Iraq don't want to be dominated & controlled by Iran, but ultimately, that is their choice.
"Over the last 15 years, Iran has gained more and more control over Iraq, and the people of Iraq are not happy with that. It will never end well!”
....and more control over Iraq, and the people of Iraq are not happy with that. It will never end well!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
US senator Marco Rubio has defended Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, claiming the military leader had been attempting to take control of Iraq and use it as a platform to attack the US.
The US Senator wrote on Twitter: "At the direction of Iran's Supreme Leader, Soleimani was plotting a coup in Iraq. He was corrupting/threatening politicians, exploiting Iraq's resources & bringing a large military force loyal to him, in an effort to make Iraq a platform to attack the U.S. & our allies."
#Soleimani is directly responsible for previous & future plans to KILL U.S diplomats & American service members in #Iraq & throughout the region.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 3, 2020
But some are so blinded by hatred of Trump that they argue he has done something sinister. Its crazy. Total derangement.
4. At the direction of #Iran’s Supreme Leader,Soleimani was plotting a coup in #Iraq. He was corrupting/threatening politicians, exploiting Iraq’s resources & bringing a large military force loyal to him,in an effort to make Iraq a platform to attack the U.S. & our allies 2/2— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 3, 2020
In response, the Supreme National Security Council of Iran has warned the US it will be held accountable for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, adding “Washington's actions is the worst mistake in the region.”
The statement carried by Iranian media stated: "The U.S. regime will be responsible for the consequences of this criminal adventurism. This was the biggest US strategic blunder in the West Asia region, and America will not easily escape its consequences."
The concern about further violence is trending all over the world, with various social media activists discussing their predictions and fears of another global war using hashtags #WorldWar3 and #WWIII.
January 1st 2020: This is gonna be my year! Positive vibes!— Joe (@JoeSaunders) January 3, 2020
January 3rd 2020: ‘World War III’, ‘Russia and China’, ‘US and Iran’ and ‘ISIS’ are all trending on Twitter
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