Early on Friday, January 3rd, a drone strike killed General Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad International Airport. The strike was authorized by President Trump and the Pentagon said in a statement, “General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” U.S. officials also accused the General for causing hundreds of deaths to American soldiers in the Iraq war, claiming he provided Iraqi insurgents advanced bomb-making equipment and training.
General Suleimani led the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and was considered the second most powerful man in Iran. The death of the general was a huge blow to Iran and their supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for 3 days of mourning and then revenge. After the attack, Ayatollah Ali said, “A forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands.” The man who is set to be the successor of General Suleimani said, “God the almighty has promised to get his revenge” and Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, called the drone strike an act of “international terrorism” and said it was, “extremely dangerous and a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.” Statements like these are very unsettling to hear, especially when Iranian leaders have also called for the death of Trump, John Bolton, the former National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
On Tuesday night, January 7, Iranian missiles were launched into Iraq at a base that is housing American troops. After the attacks, Iranian officials released a statement that claimed they had killed 30 US soldiers. Thankfully, the Pentagon debunked these false claims and it is now known that no US soldiers were killed in these attacks. Hopefully, the United States military and President Trump will use this opportunity to de escalate this conflict to prevent another catastrophic war in the middle east that leads to the death of our soldiers, our allied soldiers, and innocent civilians. The American people must stand up against our leaders and show them that we will not condone a war that could have thousands of our soldiers killed and mass civilian casualties, all to profit the arms dealers and fuel the President’s reelection campaign.