Iranians and Iraqis are Celebrating the Death of Quds Commander, Time to Bring Troops Home
After the airstrike that killed Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, Iranians and Iraqis are celebrating.
The U.S.’s action came in response to an Iranian-supported militia attack on the U.S. embassy in Iraq.
According to Steve Watson of Summit News, Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was a despised figure in Iran and Iraq among those persecuted by the Iranian government and its proxies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo viewed both Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Soleimani as equal threats.
After news of the strike, President Trump tweeted an American flag without any comment:
Following news of Soleimani’s death, Iraqis were dancing in the streets:
Iraqis are celebrating the death of #QassemSoleimani.
Let's not forget. When Iraqi pro-democracy activists were demonstrating Tahrir Square, forces propped up by Soleimani were terrorizing them.
Now, can you blame these Iraqis for celebrating the death of Soleimani? https://t.co/AMUGxqnlo9
— 𝕍𝕒𝕙𝕚𝕕 𝕐𝕦𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕠𝕪 (@vahid_yucesoy) January 3, 2020
Who is breathing a sigh of relief that Gen Soleimani is dead? Dissidents, feminists & secularists from Iran, Iraq, Syria & Lebanon.
He was a Shia Osama bin Laden with a national treasury & flag.
Who is crying foul? Obama alum Ben Rhodes, CodePink & Squad cocreator Cenk Uyger🤷🏽♀️
— Asra Q. Nomani (@AsraNomani) January 3, 2020
Another tweeted, “As an Iranian, I wanted to thank you with all my heart @realDonaldTrump, for putting an end to #Soleimani. You just made the world a better place to live in#TnxPOTUS4Soleimani#FreeIran2020”
— ملوان خپل (@DaChubbyPopeye) January 3, 2020
Other reports suggested that US Marines captured high profile terrorist actors:
DEVELOPING: U.S. Marines have captured and arrested the following outside Baghdad:
Qais Khazali (Leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq)
Hadi al-Amiri (Head of Badr Organization)
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) January 3, 2020
Trump was definitely placed in an awkward spot, but he had to defend the U.S. embassy staff from a potential repeat of the 1979 Tehran hostage crisis.
Nevertheless, Trump re-assured the world that he is not pursuing war.
There is no need for him to bow down to pressure from interest groups who have no desire in abiding by Trump’s America First agenda.
Hopefully, Trump pulls more troops out of the Middle East and focuses more attention on America and its southern border.