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Planes, drones and missiles in Iraq. Iranian general Qassem Suleimani dies

Donald Trump ordered the operation

Iranian general Qassem Suleimani was killed in a raid on American planes and drones in Iraq. Rockets hit vehicles near Baghdad International Airport. The Pentagon confirmed that Donald Trump ordered the operation, which had warned that there would be a prompt response to the attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad, reiterated by the head of the defense department, Mark Esper, who it announced "preventive actions" if the US had detected "other offensive behavior by some Iraqi militias supported, directed and financed by Iran". Suleimani, who in recent years had supervised Iranian activities in Syria, was the head of the Niru-ye Qods (in the Persian language "Jerusalem Brigade", sometimes also called "Quds Force"), the revolutionary guards unit responsible for the diffusion of Khomeinist ideology outside the Islamic Republic. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo published in "Twitter" a video of celebrating Iraqis accompanied by a commentary: "dancing in the streets for freedom, grateful that the General Suleimani is no more".

Qassem Soleimani was born in Qom, Iran, to a peasant family. During the Iran-Iraq war he commanded the 14th "Thar Allah" division of the Pasdaran. After the end of the conflict against Iraq (the "imposed war" for the Iranians), the general and his division were reassigned to the province of Kerman to act from there against the Sunni majority villages of the Sistan and Baluchistan region, regarded by central Shiite power as potential threats. During this period he also played a central role in the fight against drug trafficking. Between 1997 and 1998 he became commander of the Niru-ye Qods. With his command, Iranian and Iraqi troops halted the advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In 2007 he was included in the list of people affected by United Nations Council resolution 1747 for his involvement in the Iranian nuclear program. Since 2011 it has been present in the European Union list indicating the names of individuals subject to sanctions for their involvement in "providing equipment and support to the Syrian regime in the repression of protests".

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