Iranian Controversy

Iranian Controversy

Lorelei Critelli, Staff Writer

President Trump called a U.S airstrike to kill Iran’s top general  Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Thursday, Jan 2. Top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes was killed along with Gen. Soleimani, traveling to Baghdad International Airport. 

The U.S. Department of Defense stated that Gen. Soleimani was actively planning attacks on the U.S and American soldiers in Iraq. Iran reported it it’s people that they will issue three days to mourn their leader, then to expect “revenge for criminals.” 

“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Many think the murder of these leaders will escalate the existing tensions between the U.S and Iran, especially after an umbrella group led by Mr. Mohandes, a deputy leader attempted to invade the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. 

Adding to U.S citizen’s questions about a possible WWIII, on Wednesday, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles from its territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting US-led coalition personnel, the Pentagon confirmed.

No American was reported to be hurt, so Trump did not call for any type of retaliation, and instead stated that we most certainly do not seek war with Iran, but will always take any action needed when hit with real attacks. 

“Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.” Trump remarked in his address. 

Although some have expressed their opposition to Trump’s decisions, others are on the same page. 

“I really appreciate President Trump letting the world know you cannot kill an American without impunity.” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s main congressional advisers said. 

News will continue to be updated on the U.S and Iran controversy.

 

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