UPDATE: The Pentagon has released a statement explaining that today’s strike was launched in order to “deter future Iranian attack plans.” And it sounds like there were quite a few.
UPDATE: President Trump shared a simple message in response to the military victory.
The leader of Iran’s Quds Forces, Qassem Soleimani, and Hezbollah leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes have been killed in a U.S. airstrike on Baghdad’s international airport. These reports come just a few days after members and supporters of the Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah ambushed the U.S embassy in Baghdad.
Qassem Soleimani (Iranian Major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps)
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (head of Kata’ib Hezbollah)
Mohammed Ridha (PMF head of protocol).Experts are already noting just how massive this news is.
The mob at the embassy retreated once Trump sent in reinforcements.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper predicted on Thursday that Iran would try to strike U.S. personnel again, but he said they’d do so at their own peril.
“In the last two [months] alone we’ve [had] nearly a dozen attacks against U.S. forces, against our coalition partners,” he said. “So do I think they may do something [else?] Yes. And they will likely regret it.”