by Jose Nino, Big League Politics:
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:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
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